Monday, October 1st
31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
When most Christians think about being filled the Spirit of God they immediately assume that is for some type of preaching or prophetic endeavor. This misconception causes them to miss countless opportunities to share God’s goodness with those around them. As you can see in today’s scripture, God’s Spirit was given to Bezalel to him for use in very practical things. The talents were already there, but when they were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they enabled Bezalel to construct the Tabernacle. This wasn’t just a tent that the Priests hung out in. The Tabernacle was the avenue through which God would be able dwell in the midst of His people. So Bezalel’s gifting, which by most people’s standards would be considered less important than a ‘spiritual’ gift of speaking or teaching, suddenly carries a great deal of importance. So how does this relate to you today? It means that your knack for fixing things, or baking, or yard work, things that may seem minor, can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bless others and show them the goodness and love of God. Your obedience to meet a practical need in someone’s life will speak more to them than the most theologically sound and passionately delivered sermon ever could. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff