Thursday, February 7, 2019

Called of God

"The LORD said to Moses, 'See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.' And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan..." - Exodus 31:1-6 
I worked my way through college. In the early years I had the opportunity to work alongside a master carpenter. I always enjoyed watching him work at his craft and create beautiful furniture from wood. Werner was a devout believer and often spoke of his faith. He also spoke of his love for wood and it's natural beauty. I never doubted that God had gifted and called me to the ministry and Werner to woodworking. We were both called of God.
When the time came for the Tabernacle to be built, craftsmen were needed. Not just men with tools, but those who were uniquely called of God, gifted with ability, intelligence, knowledge, craftsmanship and filled with the Spirit of God. Such men were Bezalel and Oholiab. In addition to priests and levites, God's work included those who were skilled in every craft. They were all called of God.       
Author Os Guinness wrote in his book "The Call", "But who are we? And what is our destiny? Calling insists that the answer lies in God’s knowledge of what he has created us to be and where he is calling us to go. Our gifts and destiny do not lie expressly in our parents’ wishes, our boss’s plans, our peer group’s pressures, our generation’s prospects, or our society’s demands. Rather, we each need to know our own unique design, which is God’s design for us." We are all called of God.

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