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Known, Called, and Empowered

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” Exodus 31:1-5

I’ve always liked making things. I don’t have a desire to build houses, though I could, I’m primarily attracted to crafting smaller things. Things that don’t take nearly as much time to construct and don’t cost nearly as much money.

My freshman year in high school I was in the drama club and we were performing a play in which there was a battle scene and all the actors were needed to be part of that scene. We also had to supply our own swords for the scene. So I got a scrap piece of wood from the furniture mill and craved a broad sword complete with hilt, guard and blade. It was the best work I’d ever done; so good that the director said I had to give it to the character playing the king because it wouldn’t do for a minor character, like mine, to have a better weapon than the king. I knew he was right but it still irritated me.

A few nights later the director knocked on my door, handed me a bundle of slats that looked like they’d been pulled from crates and pallets, and asked me to make swords for the whole cast. So I did. They weren’t as nice as the first one, not as long, not as clean looking, but they were good.

The director had recognized my talent and put it to work. In the same way God recognized the talent of Bezalel and put him to work on building the temple. But God had done more than see Bezalel’s abilities. He gave those abilities to him and he filled him with the Holy Spirit so that he could use those talents to glorify God in the construction of His house and its furnishing.

And it wasn’t just Bezalel there were others as well. Aholiab is named in Exodus 31, but others are referred to as simply “all the gifted artisans”. He’d “put wisdom into the hearts of all” those gifted craftsmen so that they could produce the sculpted, woven, and carved creations God had designed for his house.

God knew these men. He called these men and he empowered them. God also knows you and me and he’s called us and he’ll empower us to build his church. This time more than just a collection of furnishings. This time it’s the living body of Christ he’s creating. A church made up of people transformed and dedicated to serving our God and Savior.

Will you say, “Yes,” to his call to come and build.

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