“Then Moses told people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsmen, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft. The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiders in blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers.” Exodus 35:30-35 NLT
There are times I doubt my calling as an artist. It is encouraging to know that the Lord chose Bezalel and others for these specific purposes. I think of when I was asked to paint during a worship service at church and I said no for years. I kept thinking, “Why would an artist, who creates while they are alone, want to stand up in front of people and paint?” I let fear stop me. But, when I finally stepped out in faith even when I was afraid, God used it to shift my perspective. To show me that it wasn’t about me. That it was about worshipping him. One Sunday I had two members of my church tell me that my painting meant something different to each of them. I was amazed to see how the Spirit was moving in their hearts and mine. I always want to remember how he took that step of obedience and mustard seed faith and multiplied it for his kingdom. So, that he gets the glory and I don’t think it’s all about me.
How am I using my gifts to unify the body of Christ?
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is a one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” Ephesians 4:1-4 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for always being with me. Help me to live a life worthy of your calling. I praise you for who you are. I pray that I would look for opportunities to serve others. Amen.