Pinterest, Facebook and many social media platforms give us a platform to post and learn daily. Unfortunately many of these same platforms cause us to compare ourselves to others daily! They make us feel bad about ourselves. Feeling like we don’t measure up, feeling like our lives are less adequate than others. Often causing us to feel as if our skills, what we do and how we live are not important
In Exodus 31:1-5
Then the Lord said …“I have chosen Bezalel…I have filled him with the Spirit of God,…with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts… I have appointed Oholiab… to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.”
In Exodus 35:25-35
Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair…
And he has given both him and Oholiab… the ability to teach others.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
So what do Exodus and many social media platforms have in common?
Designers, craftsmen, skilled women, and artists with the ability to teach others!
Who gave these men and women their artistic skills and abilities in Exodus?
Why did God give them?
For the building of the tabernacle – more specifically — for God’s purposes and glory.
Do you have the ability to paint, draw, garden, sew, knit, crochet, cook, design jewelry, birthday cakes, interiors of homes or bouquets of flowers?
These skills are God given. They’ve been put into your life to be used for God’s glory.
In Genesis God made us in his own image
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”
~ Genesis 1:26
When we create, we reflect our creator.
When we look at others – let’s fight the feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, comparisons and competition and instead be in awe at the gifts and skills God has given women — who are made in His likeness.
Be in awe of the creator –of us!
We reflect His glory!
And when we do something and it does not come out perfect, lets remember we live in a fallen world. Perfection waits for us in heaven.
And for those who God not only gave the skills but also the ability to teach (as seen in Exodus 35:34) may we teach to the glory of God.
Many times, we do not even know our skills and what we can accomplish, until we put our hands to the ploy and try
So I wonder, what skill do you have, that you may not even KNOW you have?
Or what skill do you know you have, that you have been sitting on – not using?
Now is the time to pray and ask God if there is something He has gifted you to do – that you should be doing. Don’t underestimate how God wants to use YOU to make beautiful centerpieces, teach a class or get involved with a ministry.
Joy and purpose come when we turn our skills and abilities into service for not only our own family but for the church, community and the world.
As you read through Chapters 31-35
Did it surprise you that God gave the Holy Spirit to enable these men to do their artistic work?
What skill do you have that you know God has given you? How are you using it for God’s glory?
Now is the time to utilize your gifts for the Kingdom!
Have a beautiful Monday