It's Not Enough To Be Talented - You Need The Holy Ghost!
"When God has any special work to be accomplished, He always raises up instruments capable of doing it..." - Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary
"Those whom God calls to any service He will either find, or make, fit for it. If God gives the commission, He will in some measure give the qualification according as the service is." - Matthew Henry
"Skill in common arts and employments is the gift of God, from Him are derived both the faculty and the improvement of the faculty."
"When God has work to do He will never want instruments to do it with, for all hearts and heads too are under His eye, and in His hand; and those may cheerfully go about any service for God, and go on in it, who have reason to think that, one way or other, He has called them to it; for whom He calls, He will own and bear out."
- both of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
Did you know that it is not enough to be talented to accomplish the work that God called you to do? So many nowadays have inherent gifts to sing, communicate, administer, lead, etc. Although God can certainly use these talents as raw material, it is not enough. He just doesn't want people who can sing. He wants those who can minister to people at their greatest need. He just doesn't want people who can communicate, He wants those who can preach. He just doesn't want administrators. He wants people who can lead others by example and offer sound instruction on how to walk this Christian walk.
Notice what the above quote from Matthew Henry said - "Skill in common arts and employments is the gift of God, from Him are derived both the faculty and the improvement of the faculty." Many receive the "faculty" but do not go any further than that. What is needed is the "improvement of the faculty." And that is where the power of the Holy Ghost comes in.
In the book of Exodus, we see how God raised up a man for an extraordinary task. The man's name was Bezaleel. We first read about him in Exodus 31:1-5 which says - "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship. To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship."
First of all, we want to recognize the fact that it was God Who called Bezaleel to the task of building the tabernacle. He called him "by name." Bezaleel was God's singular and distinguished choice to be the chief superintendent of the whole work.
What is so interesting is the meaning behind his name. The name - "Bezaleel" - means under God's shadow or under the special influence and protection of the Most High. This man - whom his parents dedicated and consecrated from birth to the Lord's service - became His choice to be the chief master builder and the head director or overseer over the construction of the tabernacle.
In Exodus 35:30, we read again about the divine appointment of this master workman - "And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah."
However, before going any further in our study, we must acknowledge the fact that the calling was not enough. The dedication or consecration at birth was not enough. This work was extraordinary, and it required an extraordinary capacity.
Bezaleel may have had talents but that was simply not enough. He needed a spiritual capacity. He needed the touch of God on his life. He needed Holy Ghost power.
Exodus 31:3-5 says - "And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship." Exodus 35:31-33 repeats - "And He hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work." Notice that the right judgment in all things to know what is wise or best to be done...the perceptive faculty...the experience...and practical acquaintance with facts all had for their source - the Holy Ghost. Out of that infilling came the "wisdom," "understanding," and "knowledge" needed to get the job done.
In Exodus 35:34-35 and 36:2, we receive further insight on what this infilling did - "And He hath put in his heart that he may teach...Them hath He filled with wisdom of heart..." "...in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it." Bezaleel was given a capacity - that which was beyond anything natural. In this capacity, God inclined his mind to teach others what he had learned. He was not to monopolize this knowledge but share it with others for their benefit. As he obeyed God, he became "stirred" - on fire, if you will. Resultantly, others - like his partner Aholiab along with all Israel - caught the fire as well. They were all stirred up about this work of God.
What was the result of Bezaleel not leaning on any innate talents but being called by God...consecrated to the work of God...and then filled with Holy Ghost power to do the work? Exodus 39:43 says - "And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them."
So many today think that - because they have a talent in a certain area - God is ready to use them to touch the world or to move nations with it. Little do they realize that they are missing the main ingredient - the capacity. And what may that capacity be? It is the power of the Holy Ghost - being filled with the spirit of God and having Him put into their heart His vision for the work.
What is drastically missing is the stirring - the fire - or the passion. Many are attempting to do God's work, but they lack the fire or His touch on it.
So many are taking their God-given talents and parading them before the world - hoping that they will be discovered. Others are leaning on their talents to open doors of opportunity which call for the compromise of their holy and Biblical standards.
Please note one thing. God endued Bezaleel with the power from on high to be a mighty craftsman in gold, silver, and brass. However, when it came to the moment of compromise, he did not "cave in" to the pressure.
In Exodus 32, you would expect that Bezaleel would have been the one to construct the "molten calf" that Israel ended up worshipping while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. But, the Scripture never mentions his name. It says in Exodus 32:3-4 - "And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." It was Aaron who was responsible for the construction of the idol. Bezaleel had nothing to do with it.
We can gather from this that being filled with the Holy Ghost and fire made a big difference in his life. He was endued by God to do His work and follow His pattern - not veering to the right or to the left in the process.
We also cannot help but think that his name - "Bezaleel" - meaning under the protection and influence of the Most High - had some kind of impact on him. It may have caused him to resolve to keep himself from that which would defile him in the work of the Lord.
We need to get back to God's way of doing things. He calls a man...consecrates him...and then gives him a capacity for the power of the Holy Ghost. Talent alone will not get the job done - at least not "as the Lord commanded it."
Where are the Bezaleel's of today who are "dwelling in the secret place of the most High" - "abiding under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1) - leaning on His power alone to get the job done?
Are you one of them?
May God Bless His Word.
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