I may be going to go out on a limb here, but I think we all know that reading the Bible is important. Whether we actually sit down and read it or not is debatable sometimes, but just a few minutes a day can dig up some valuable treasures.
Consider, if you will, this nugget out of Exodus buried in Chapter 31.
The LORD spoke to Moses: 2See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, 4to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. 6Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7the tent of meeting, and the ark of the covenant, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8the table and its utensils, and the pure lamp stand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand, 10and the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the holy place. They shall do just as I have commanded you. (New Revised Standard Version)
Did you get through it? Did you read every word? Okay, did you get the general picture? Sometimes we have to sort through the text in order to understand. And sometimes we have to put the Bible in context to understand as well.
In Exodus 31, the Israelites are in the middle of the wilderness. So Bezalel and Oholiab are two artisans walking with everyone in the desert. Specifically, Bezalel is the equivalent of a gemologist, artist, and contractor all rolled into one. But in the middle of the desert, who needs any of those things? God does. As God lines out for Moses how to build the Tent of Meeting that will be the roving sanctuary for the people of Israel for nearly forty years, God points out these two as having the gifts and skills necessary to complete the job.
Everyone has a gift to offer the church, the people of God. What is your gift that God has given you? Can you teach a Sunday School class? Can you mow the lawn some weeks to keep the grounds looking good for God? How about lay reading or ushering during the service? Or serving our community by giving to Lamb’s Basket? Or can you come up with a way to serve others that God has given you that we haven’t even thought up yet?
God has given you a gift to share, just like Bezalel and Oholiab. And your gift is important to God and to the church. So let’s find out what it is and celebrate all the good gifts God has given us!