Made for this

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My oldest son is just wrapping up his first ever cross country season. Now cross country is a unique sport. You run… like a long way. It’s not something I was made for. Okay, I’ll admit it; I’m out of shape. It’s not just that, though. I played sports, but the running part wasn’t the part I was good at. My son, however, he’s good at it. Like really good.

I find it awesome that God made us each so uniquely that we have different things we are good at. It’s like He had a purpose in diversity. It’s almost as though He created us differently for a reason.

Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have 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 crafts.

Bezalel was chosen by God and filled by the Holy Spirit. He was given wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Pretty awesome, huh? Here’s the plot twist: he wasn’t chosen and filled so that he could prophesy or perform miracles. He was chosen and filled to be an amazing artist! God gave him the skills and the creativity to do crafts. I’ve never heard someone say, “paper-mache’ – I was made for this!” Yet Bezalel was not only made for it, he was anointed for it! I wonder if a young Bezalel felt like his gifts weren’t useful. I wonder if he thought about how he could contribute to the Lord.

Maybe you have sold yourself short on what YOU can do for God. You might think that you don’t have the right gifts or the right skill set. Let Bezalel encourage you today:

You have have been chosen. You have been filled. And you have been made for __________.  I don’t know what that is for you, but God can help you fill in the blank. We have all been made unique in His image for His glory and His great purposes.

What have you been made for?

Neglecting the gift

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

reject giftImagine someone giving you a really nice gift. Go ahead, use your imagination. What is it you would really love to have? It can be a diamond ring, a new bike, even a new car. Maybe it’s a vacation, or a puppy, or a free dinner.  How nice of that person to give it to you, huh? Some of you have some pretty big imaginations, so if your dream gift came true, it would take a very generous person.

Now imagine getting a less tangible but equally beneficial gift.  Maybe the gift is encouragement. Maybe you get handed the gift to be a brilliant teacher. Or what if someone was able to give you the gift of insight?  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Here’s the thing, the Bible says that God gives good gifts. But the good gifts he gives aren’t necessarily new cars (although I could tell you some stories). He gives us spiritual gifts that benefit both our lives and the lives of others.

Here in 1 Timothy 4, Paul is encouraging Timothy not to neglect his gift. Now isn’t that interesting… it would be like someone giving you that brand new dream gift and then you reject it.  You say no thanks to the vacation and don’t bother with the diamond ring.  Or maybe you receive it, but then don’t use it. It’s yours to use, but you let it sit and collect dust.  That sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it?

But I wonder if there are many of us that are doing that exact thing with the gifts God has given us. I wonder if the very things He has deposited in us are collecting dust rather than being used as He intended them to be. Paul’s charge to Timothy was to use the gift that God gave him. Don’t neglect it.  We should do the same.

*Are you neglecting the gifts God has given you?