He Gave All Men Ability


Exodus 31 begins:

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. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.

It says God gave all able men ability, but for a purpose, to carry out His plans. They are going to be building the tabernacle.

I like to say that every child is a genius; that people are given some unique talent, something to offer the world to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives, to God’s glory, and for the benefit of God’s people and the world.

It wasn’t until after I had written Easy Peasy that I realized my unique gift was outlines. The all-in-one homeschool site is one big outline.

I even remember my first outline. I was ten. I loved that outline.

God gives people talents and abilities because He has plans for their lives. They aren’t given to make you rich and famous. They are for God’s glory and the good of His people.

When we are born anew we get a new gift, the gift of the Holy Spirit. It comes with abilities as well and for the same purpose. They are to glorify God and build up His body, for serving His people.

Here’s one sentence from Ephesians 4 about it.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

God has put something in you. It’s not for you, but for others. We’re at our best when we’re all living for others. So let your light shine and be the blessing you were created to be.