Devotional – Got Skills?

Exodus 35:34-35 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works.

Sometimes, I forget that God has given me specific abilities. I go along my merry way, and lose sight of my giftings. I get too busy, or self-involved and I don’t allow God to use me for the purposes I was created for. It’s amazing what happens when I serve in the areas I’m really good at. These verses this morning reminded me that the Lord has given me skills, and He calls me to use them. God didn’t ask the teach to be artistic. He didn’t tell the tapestry maker to get up and instruct a seminar on engraving. Each person was called to the thing they were good at. Where they had talent and knowledge. Serving God in our natural abilities is utter joy.

Frequently I have longed for talents I do not have. I am pretty much the opposite of artistic. I know that. But, since I’m a very competitive, results driven achiever, not being good at something (anything!) bugs me. I’ve beat my head against the “I-want-to-be-an-artsy-person” wall for many years. God reminded me this morning that He’s given me specific abilities. Things He wants me to embrace and use to their fullest potential. These gifts flow naturally from me, and bless others in the process. They aren’t a struggle to accomplish. I’m not exhausted trying to figure them out. They are simply a part of who He created me to be. I need to embrace these things. Own them. Delight in them.

God you are so generous. I know sometimes I am ungrateful for the things you’ve given me. Thank you for your gifts in my life, for your boundless love. Please help me to serve you with my talents joyfully and fully.

One thought on “Devotional – Got Skills?

  1. Romans 12:6-8

    Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

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