Use Your God-given Skills and Talents
…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills
In Exodus 31, God instructed Moses on the building of the Tabernacle. The Lord selected artisans for specific tasks, which is the context of our focus text.
God has intimate knowledge of all of us. We are made in His image (Genesis 1:27), we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14, and we are His divine design (Psalm 139:13). Consequently, we have all been given unique talents, abilities, wisdom, and knowledge.
Recently, I saw Harry Connick, Jr. interview his 91-year-old father. Harry asked his father when he became aware of Harry’s musical talent. “When you were two,” he said. Harry could bang out perfect rhythm on his highchair to a song played on the radio.
My second grade teacher told me I had a gift for writing. My fourth grade Sunday School teacher followed me home one day and announced to my family that I should be a minister. But it was my dad who recognized my musical talent when he heard me making up songs and singing them to the accompaniment of my toy guitar. I was about five at the time.
Janet’s artistic talent became evident early in her life. She loved to draw and used the paraffin from canning jars to sculpt animal figures.
I’ve heard people say they weren’t blessed with talent, but I’ve never met a person who didn’t have an acquired skill. You naturally gravitate toward developing skills that match your interests and aptitude. God guides us toward our intended purposes in this life.
It’s important to recognize that one talent or skill is no more important than another. Just because Harry Connick, Jr. has more talent in his little finger than I have in my entire body doesn’t make him more important to God than I am. God loves us equally, as parents love their children.
And when we’ve been blessed with talents or skills that others don’t have, we should never use that as a cause for arrogance or bragging. The Apostle Paul asked, “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) Our talents and abilities are not of ourselves, but from God.
In Colossians 3:23, Paul tells us how we are to view our skill set. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Although a human allocates your paycheck, you serve God. We are to give our best with the skills and talents we’ve been given – to God’s glory.
The Lord gives good gifts to His children, but He expects us to be good stewards of what He gives us. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) That is to say, God expects a lot from us.
And He rewards us for our effort. The harder and smarter you work at developing your talents and skills the better you will be at your job. God plants the seeds of talents, aptitude, and ability within you. When you nurture what you’ve been given, you grow.
You’re familiar with the old expression, “use it or lose it.” Make good use of what God has given you. When you do, you will not only get a blessing for yourself, you will be a blessing to others.
For more on this topic, check out this article: This is Your Time and Season
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.