(Exodus 31: 1-11) 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 4 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 5 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!
6 “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make:
7 the Tabernacle;
the Ark of the Covenant;
the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement;
all the furnishings of the Tabernacle;
8 the table and its utensils;
the pure gold lampstand with all its accessories;
the incense altar;
9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils;
the washbasin with its stand;
10 the beautifully stitched garments—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests;
11 the anointing oil;
the fragrant incense for the Holy Place.
The craftsmen must make everything as I have commanded you.”
I grew up in a ministry home. My dad was an evangelist/missionary/pastor. I witnessed many lives changed by God through the work of my parents. They owned and operated a drug rehabilitation center, they planted a church, they preached and sang all over the country as evangelists, they worked tirelessly as pastors in many locations, they opened a daycare facility as well as a food bank at an inner-city church that they pastored, and they also built, from the ground up, a now-thriving food ministry for children in their retirement from full-time pastoral ministry. Serving others was always the heartbeat of my family’s dynamic. We never stopped serving the lost and hurting people within our reach, and we did so as a family. So to me, that’s what ministry looks like.
Though I fought it hard, I always knew that my heart was with people…that I had been given the heart of a shepherd. When I married Jonathan, and we made the decision to jump into ministry and never look back, I was afraid…and I questioned God. I would often lie in bed and cry, wondering why in the world God chose me to do this work. I have grieved over the sacrifice of my own flesh (plans, dreams, desires), and I have, at times, looked back…questioning it all. But in my deepest heart of hearts, I know…this is the life I was born, and have been spared so many times, to live.
Jonathan and I live and breathe ministry. We love it. But I will say…it is hard work. There are many struggles that come along with serving others, but perhaps the greatest one is knowing you can’t do it alone, yet often times feeling like you have to do just that. There are many reasons that this happens, but one reason is that many church people do not see themselves as ministers…as being called of God. They don’t see their potential to serve God and others, and so they don’t volunteer. It doesn’t come from a selfish place; it comes from a self-conscious place.
Volunteers are vital to the life of the church! Just like Moses couldn’t do it alone, neither can anyone else. Moses needed men and women with specific abilities in order to carry out the work of the Lord. Much of the work that was done, was not done by Moses. Even though God had called him into leadership, Moses had his limitations — just as we all do! No matter what you think about yourself, God has given you gifts and abilities that were meant to further His work — both locally and even in missions throughout our country and even the world. You have something special to offer Him…and He put it there.
Ministry doesn’t always look the same to everyone. That is something that I, as a pastor’s child — and now a pastor’s wife, had to learn over the years. It isn’t just preaching, teaching, and singing. It is visiting and ministering to the sick, elderly, and home-bound. It is painting the church walls and waxing the gym floors when they get dingy. It’s cleaning floors and toilets so the building looks and smells nice every week. It is running a food ministry because you see a need and want to provide. It is opening the gym on weeknights when you’re dead tired, because it gives you the opportunity to speak the love and light of Christ into the lives of young men who come in off of the streets. It is using your ability as a hairdresser to bless low-income families with haircuts that they can’t afford to get on their own. It is spending some of your free time each week to come up to the church and do odd jobs that make the facility look nice and function properly. It is offering your very specific skills and expertise to the church body, because you can and you want to be a blessing to others.
We are a church body. When part of the body is not functioning, the entire system just doesn’t perform to the best of its ability. Your works may seem needless in your own eyes, but with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, all that you have to offer becomes more than just a job well-done — it is ministry. Bezalel and Oholiab were master craftsmen, and the Lord not only gifted them with those abilities, but He also filled them with His own Holy Spirit, fully equipping them to help accomplish things that Moses possessed no ability to do on his own.
In short…we need you. Yes…YOU!
5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. (1 Corinthians 12: 5-6, NLT)
“I Need You to Survive”
by Hezekiah Walker
I need you
You need me
We’re all a part of God’s body
Stand with me
Agree with me
We’re all a part of God’s body
It is His will that every need be supplied
You are important to me
I need you to survive
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us all specific abilities and gifts. As a body, we all need one another, in various ways, as we seek to carry out Your commission — to love and share Christ with the world. Help us have the eyes to see our own importance and purpose in Your plan. Help us encourage and bless one another — as it is, at times, no easy feat to do Your work. May Your Holy Spirit always be at work, freely, in our hearts and lives. Amen.