Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.
Exodus 31:1-7 (New International Version)
Have you ever wondered what your purpose is in this world? For the follower of Jesus Christ, the goal for life is clearly presented in Scripture: to live a life that is fruitful and brings glory to the Lord. How does a Christian bring glory to God? They do this by serving Him through some kind of ministry. Does that mean that all Christians need to be pastors and missionaries? In this passage from Exodus 31, we will discover that this is not the case.
Called to Serve
After the Lord explained to Moses how the tabernacle, the furnishings, and the priestly clothing were to be made, I wonder if Moses was thinking, “Who was going to make all these things for God?” Knowing Moses’s thoughts, the Lord tells Moses that He has chosen for this mission two men: Bezalel and Oholiab. The Lord explained that He had filled them with His Spirit, and through the Spirit, they would be able to build everything according to His plans.
What made Bezalel and Oholiab qualified to do the work of building the tabernacle and its articles? It wasn’t like they found the job on a hiring board and submitted their resumes. The fact is they were qualified because God made them so. Even before they were born, the Lord had planned that these two men would perform this job and gave them the tools (intellect and skill) that they needed to do the work well.
Every Job Has Value
Everybody has a particular calling from the Lord. Some are called to do things that the world honors greatly (like leaders, doctors, etc.), while others are called to do work that no one wants to do (like a garbage collector or janitor). Despite what the world thinks, and despite what we might think, every job has value in the eyes of the Lord; and when we do our jobs well, we bring honor to Him.
Why does God care about the kind of work that we do? The work that we are given is not the result of blind chance or luck as some people would think. Instead, as in the case of Bezalel and Oholiab, the jobs we are given are a part of God’s plan. Before we were even born, He had a ministry for us to pursue; and as we matured in our faith in God, through His Spirit, He equips us with the skills and attributes that are needed to do the work well.
Finding Our Calling
Since each of us have a given ministry, how do we find it and do it? Unfortunately, the Lord doesn’t always tell us what are mission in this world is. Instead of just telling us, He encourages us to go and look for it.
Why does God have us search, why does He not just tell us where He wants us to go? The purpose of this searching, I believe, is to build in us the foundation of faith in God that we need when we find our ministry. As we seek our calling, we must submit ourselves to the will of the Holy Spirit and heed His counsel; for only the Spirit knows where God wants us to be.
Trusting the Spirit
Therefore, let us go forth and pursue the mission which God has set in our hearts, listening carefully to where the Holy Spirit would have us go. Some of the places He takes us may not be our calling, but we must trust the judgement of the Spirit and allow Him to build the foundation of faith within us. Only when we do, will we find our purpose and bring glory to the Almighty.