Someone Is Calling!

God chose Bezalel and, “filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” (Exodus 35:30-33, NIV) God also gave to Bezalel and Oholiab “the ability to teach others”. (Exodus 35:34, NIV)

In their book, Your Work Matters to God, Doug Sherman and William Hendricks write:

“Every day, millions go to work without seeing the slightest connection between what they do all day and what they think God wants done in the world. We think your work matters deeply to God … It is not something we do apart from God, as the secular world would view it. It is not something beneath God’s dignity and concern as some Christians view it. Work is a major part of human life that God takes very seriously. It has intrinsic value. Through work we serve people, meet our own needs, meet our family’s needs, earn money to give to others, and through work we love God.”

In the days of Bezalel and Oholiab, all kinds of craftsmen were needed to build a tabernacle. The workers were equipped and called by God, and were just as important as those who were called into the priesthood. They were challenged to do their work “just as the Lord has commanded”. They were all partners with God in accomplishing His will.

It is true that God calls some of us into paid ministries like teaching, preaching, evangelism, and mission work and those positions are certainly worthy of respect. But God also equips some people to design and build bridges so we don’t fall into the river and drown on our way to church. The engineer who has been called by God is just as important in God’s plan as the minister who preaches sermons.

Here’s how one woman responded when asked what she did for a living. “I am a missionary for Jesus Christ, cleverly disguised as a checkout clerk at Kroger’s”. Once you grasp that concept it can revolutionize your attitude toward your work. You are not working just to earn a paycheck or to please your employer, but to serve God and to give testimony to your fellow man.

So, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”. (Colossians 3:17, NIV)

Enjoy your weekend, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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