08/20/2021 Daily Devotion – Talents and Abilities!

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts — to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.'” (Exodus 31:1-6  NIV84)

We have a tendency to give credit to the wrong person. We see people with amazing talents and abilities and tend to idolize them. When we look at our own lives we tend to give ourselves credit for the position we have in life. We reference our education and the university we went to. We talk about the jobs and the positions we’ve held over the years. Now listen, I understand that we all worked and participated to get ourselves where we are today. I accept the fact that we worked our butts off at school and in our jobs. The point I am trying to make is that the original talents and abilities came from God above. Just as the Old Testament craftsmen would work hard at their craft, it was God who originally gifted them with the talents and abilities they had.

Given the fact that God deserves the credit, praise and honor for providing us the talents and abilities we have, shouldn’t we in turn use them to further His kingdom?! Just as Bezalel and Oholiab used their talents to help with the construction of the tabernacle, we should commit to using our talents and abilities in the service of the kingdom of God. Let’s commit to the following: First, let’s give God the glory, honor and praise for giving us the talents and abilities we have.  Second, let’s commit to using those talents and abilities to further the work of God’s kingdom.


Pastor Tom


About the author: Tom Donnelly