Saturday, February 9, 2013

Called to Create

Exodus 35:30-36:1—And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works. And Bezaele and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded.”

Have you ever stopped to consider that creativity is a calling? In the above passage from Exodus, it clearly states that being creative is a calling. God called Bezalel by name in order to create all the parts and pieces to furnish the Tabernacle of Meeting, as well as the garments the priests would wear as they carried out their service to the Lord. And not only was Bezalel called, but he was filled. Filled with the Spirit of God, as well as wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in his craft. God had very specific plans for the building of the Tabernacle, and He gifted certain artistic people with the abilities to be able to build and create all the pieces required for it.

God still has important plans today, and He has called each of us, no matter our gifts or talents, to help. He has commissioned each of us to preach the gospel to all nations. For the creative folks of the world, maybe that seems like a stretch. It really isn’t. God did not create all of us to be preachers or missionaries, at least not in the strictest sense of the word. Most of us will never stand in the pulpit of our church or travel to foreign lands to preach. But we are all called to share God’s truth with those we come in contact with, using the tools He has given us. For the artistic among us, we are called to use our creative gifts to carry out God’s commission. Now don’t panic. He has called you by name. And just as He gifted Bezalel in Exodus with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of his craft, God will also, through His Spirit, gift you with what you need to carry out your specific calling. It is God’s divine desire for you to create, whether your artistic bent is music, sculpture, thought-provoking words, acting, or any other imaginative endeavor. God has called you, gifted you, and is asking for you to become still before Him so He can show you precisely how to carry out the calling He’s placed on your life. Are you ready to rise to the occasion?

What do you feel God is asking you to do, and what steps will you need to follow to carry it out?