Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 1st, 2018
…and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship,to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze…
Exodus 35:31-32 (NKJV)
Our God is the God of creativity. All of creation gives evidence of His divine design. And, the same Spirit of God who was a partner in creation can work among those called to His purposes to give them creative skills. He is unlimited. He can give creativity that is far beyond just natural ability.
If there is a town in Canada that represents the spirit of our country, it would be Love, Saskatchewan. Each year around Valentine’s Day as many as 10,000 love letters from all over the world are sent through the post office of Love to be stamped with the town’s iconic postmark: a teddy bear holding a heart. According to the town’s website, the village is home to about 80 inhabitants called Lovers. The town is dotted with red, heart-shaped road signs and the tourism board has started selling T-shirts.
When we become followers of Jesus Christ, He has a plan for our lives and equips us by the Holy Spirit with gifts that He will use to accomplish His plan. While this is certainly true in the post-Pentecost period it as always been so. Back in Exodus, as the people were being organized by Moses, and God gave instructions for the building of the tabernacle, the Spirit of God was given to certain individuals to accomplish specific tasks that were necessary. Moses says this about a man named Bezalel, “…and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze…” God still gives practical gifts to His people in order to build His kingdom. Our part in this is to discover what those gifts are and then invite the Holy Spirit to perfect those gifts in us and then unleash them through us. How has the Lord gifted you? Whatever God’s gifts, given you by the Holy Spirit, as He did Bezalel, put them to use building God’s Kingdom.
These have been words from the heart.