I love telling my story of God’s calling me into the ministry of fund raising. It really has never been about the raising of funds for that is how I am measured, but it has been about leadership, honouring God with my time, and stewarding the relationships that God has brought into my life each day. I am known as being one of the most networked individuals in Christian ministry because of all the individuals I have walked alongside as they have journeyed in their faith walk. That only happened because of the anointing and favour of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I know God sees me because of the call, I know He sees me because He has gifted me with skills and passion for the work set before me. So when I see Him doing the same thing with Bezalel and Oholiab, I get excited for them both for what an honour to be named by God in His conversation with Moses.
Moses told the Israelites, “See, God has selected Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He’s filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things, to design and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to carve stones and set them; to carve wood, working in every kind of skilled craft. And he’s also made him a teacher, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He’s gifted them with the know-how needed for carving, designing, weaving, and embroidering in blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, and in fine linen. They can make anything and design anything.” – Exodus 35:30-35 MSG
God called them by name. They must have been encouraged and they surely could see that their giftedness and skills were theirs because God resided over their work. They very well may have been excellent artificers, but they knew they were further endowed with higher gifts, maybe even miraculous ones. I think that God loves when we are open to this unexpected exertion of His power – He is extending His hand to mine because He has work that needs to be done. Now that God has conferred this honour on the architects of the visible sanctuary, He has honoured these individuals as men who have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit to faithfully employ their labours in building a tabernacle as leaders.
I do not find it difficult to understand that God would gift skill in secular or spiritual employments. These gifts all come from Him. I recognize this and honour Him as I study how to serve Him with these gifts. Not a day goes by where He has not taught me something on how to serve Him well. I believe my work is extraordinary because I was designed for it.
Father, thank you for Your giftings, Your calling, Your Holy Spirit that endows with wisdom and understanding. Thank You for calling me to meet with You each day so that You can pass on truths and walk with me through experiences.