God gives us talents; we can hide them or use them for his glory.
See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship…
Exodus 31:2-3 ESV
God has given each of us a unique set of raw talents and passions. We are to pursue these skills and use them to glorify God and benefit those around us.
Craftsmanship is the pursuit of excellence; it requires humility to admit we are not as good as we could be, and a continual battle against the complacency that settles for good enough.
Although I love to learn, it is easy to get a skill to a certain point, then move on. Recently I met with someone who works in the same field as me, but is a leader in the space. As we worked together, it was exciting to collaborate, but it challenged me to question my lack of purposeful growth in this area.
This experience caused me to thinking about the talents that God gives us, and how we are to nurture them. As Christians we should be leading our fields in craftsmanship; doing the best we can and constantly improving, not simply doing enough to maximize profit or output.
My challenge to us all is to think about how we can pursue our craft, whatever it may be, using and growing our talents for God’s glory.
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