Read Exodus 31
Focus on verse 2-5
If you have ever taken a class on how to be an influencer of people, you will likely have heard or read that calling a person by their name is important. For some reason we seem to like it when people address us by name. I will be the first to admit I am not the best at remembering names, but I do understand the importance of it, and am impressed by those who do this well.
In today’s reading, Moses describes how God chose Bezalel to head up the work of crafting the articles for the tabernacle.
See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. (v. 2-5)
I suspect that when Moses approached Bezalel to inform him that the Lord had chosen him to oversee the design and build of the tabernacle, Bezalel already knew this would be his calling and likely did not resist. What a wonderful privilege to be “called by name” by the Lord Himself, and to be filled with the Spirit of God… and here is the best part… everyone who desires to serve God has been called! Some are called to serve in full time ministry, and some are called to serve in other walks of life, there is not one person who walks with Jesus who has NOT been called to serve Him in some manner, though there are times when it takes us some time to discover exactly what that calling is. There are also times when we resist or refuse to follow the calling of God. In such cases He does not force His will upon us. I believe there are also times when the nature of our calling changes. The Apostle Paul encourages us as follows:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24)
When we walk that out in obedience and in the power of the Spirit – I suspect it is highly unlikely that we will miss our calling.