We’re thinking too small, because if God so loved/loves the world…. (Spiritual Gifts 3)
The first time we see someone “clothed” with the Holy Spirit to do something on God’s behalf— at the capacity of Heaven— is found in Exodus 31:2-5. Oddly enough, it’s NOT a reference to God gifting Moses to speak, to set His people free, to lead them through the Red Sea (even though we know God was present in each of those moments).
“See, I have chosen Bezalel… and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts…”
If you know the story, you recognize this as the moment God set the craftsman aside to build the Tabernacle. That is, the first time a person was “filled with the Spirit” to “minister” (read: serve) it was not a preacher or a musician… but a metalworker.
In other words…
If we thought God was confined to specific professions or trades, to specific activities or duties— as if some things were included in His domain and other things were excluded— we need to rethink. We’re thinking too small.
There’s no arena that exists outside the realm of God’s reach. Colossians 1:16-17 reminds us that “all things in Heaven and earth, seen and unseens… are created through Him and for Him.”
And that includes our daily work, whatever we do.
In fact, we used to refer to “what we do” as a vocation— as something reminiscent of “vocal” or calling. It’s as if we KNEW that you could be LED intuitively towards something.
And, that sort of belief system finds solid footing in Scripture.
As we move forward from the 9 “gifts of the spirit” we discussed in the previous talk, we work through more. And, we see that God might gift His children to—
⚙️ create new things
🎨 draw or paint
📐 organize or administrate
🛠️ mechanically fix or build
🎵 musically bless others
✏️ write and communicate
🔥 do anything else where we see his supernatural empowerment…
Passages referenced in this talk where gifts are mentioned in the New Testament:
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
1 Peter 4:8-11
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