Called and Equipped, Now Obey
by Judy Webb
We have all heard that God has a plan for our lives. I understand this plan includes my Spiritual Gifts, and how I use them. Our gifts complement our passions and often those things we truly enjoy doing. And it just makes sense that God would do this, but sometimes it doesn’t happen this way. Sometimes following our calling involves obedience to pursue God’s way as we move forward in readiness to serve where needed.
“They are to make them just as I commanded you [Moses]." (Exodus 31:11b)
This may not lead us into comfortable areas but may challenge us to take on a task we are inexperienced in; God will equip us to accomplish the task He has called us to carry out.
In today’s reading it is reasonable to assume that Bazalel and Ohaliah had the gift of craftsmanship, for their task was enormous…to build the Tabernacle. “I have chosen Bezalel…and have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.” (Exodus 31:2-3a) God also provided a partner and other skilled workers to make everything as he commanded.
Sometimes God calls us to serve Him in ways we feel ill-equipped to handle. He assigns us projects way outside our ability and comfort zone. Can you think of a time when you were in a situation like this? Maybe, overnight, you became the caregiver for a spouse. Did God give you what you needed to care for and love in ways you never imagined? God will equip us to accomplish the task He has called us to carry out.
Perhaps you lost your job and are looking for a new employment and an opportunity popped out of nowhere; a job you would love, but had no talents or gifts to offer? God will equip us to accomplish the task He has called us to carry out.
As we consider our gifts and the needs of others, help us see what you may have set right in front of us. Remind us to acknowledge our Spiritual gifts and use them every day for your glory. Amen.