Thursday, March 6, 2014

Abilities and Skills

O. T. #241  "Abilities and Skills"
March 6, 2014
Exodus 31-Part 1
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.  Exodus 31:3


What kind of skills do we have? Perhaps it is one in which you received training to develop or one that you have acquired on your own. In thinking on that, I learned to sew while in high school, taught myself to knit, Mom showed me how to crochet and cook. I have since learned the techniques of teaching from my college education, but desire to develop better writing techniques. I have other abilities, which I can use for the Lord.
How about you? What skills do you have?

The first man that the Bible says was filled with the Spirit of God is the man called Bezaleel. His filling was for service-not speaking, but working with his hands. He carefully constructed the tabernacle and its furniture with the help of others, according to the price instructions of God. (Falwell)

Bezaleel had helpers, including Aholiab, in whom God put wisdom to construct the furniture of the Tabernacle. Their wisdom and skills came from the Lord. They used their abilities in obedience to God's command.
Whenever God calls us to do a job for Him, He enables us with what we need and the help that we need to complete it.
Do we have artistic skills that can be dedicated to God and used for His glory?
Are we called to be a preacher, teacher, or missionary? Or are we called to be a Christian writer, artist, musician, architect, doctor, gardener?
In every legitimate vocation, we can serve the Lord (1 Cor. 10:31).

Are we using our vocation in honor for the Lord Jesus?


Again, instructions are given concerning the Sabbaths.
We learn that the Sabbaths were:
  • given to the children of Israel to keep;
  • holy unto them;
  • not to be a day of work but rest;
  • to be observed throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant;
  • a sign between Israel and God;
  • violators were to be cut off from their people.
Christians meet on Sunday, resurrection day, and the first day of the week, for worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2).

Do we keep Sundays as days of worship and rest?


...our work so I can worship and rest.
...worries and problems to Jesus.
...the past week and start an new week.

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