How Can You Help?

Exodus 35:31: “And he [the LORD] has filled him [Bezalel] with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.”

Patricia told me God couldn’t use her because she was nothing special. I told her God didn’t look for super stars to do his work on earth in the past, and he still doesn’t.

He used ordinary men like Bezalel to build the sanctuary. The difference is what God did with those ordinary men. Verse 34 says he gave both Bezalel and Oholiab “the ability to teach others.” Verse 35 says God “filled them with skill to do all kinds of work.”

According to Exodus 36:1, God gave them and those who helped them skill and ability to do the work as he commanded.

Patricia believed she wasn’t a chosen leader like Bezalel and Oholiab and couldn’t help. I showed her Exodus 35:5-6 which tells how the rest of the community was to bring an offering for the work which could be anything from gold and silver to acacia wood and olive oil for the light.

As Patricia leaned forward, I told her how the men of my church overseas built a Christian school. I described how the women took lunch for the workers, made curtains, and painted murals in the building. Some of the women became teachers. Others worked in the school office.

Patricia’s face beamed with enthusiasm. She said she would ask God to give her skill, ability and knowledge as he did Bezalel and Oholiab. She would also ask God for the ability to teach others how to help her.

Dear God, show me what talents you’ve given me. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to help your church or community?

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