The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded. (Ex 36:1, NLT)

It’s always great to watch an artist at work. With just a few lines, a blank page can be brought to life, a story can reveal itself. But it isn’t just artists that can amaze – I am stunned at how quickly a carpet fitter can transform a great sheet of stiff carpet into a perfect fit for a room; or how an author can grab our attention with that book you just can’t put down; or how a surgeon can mend a broken face. There are so many skills out there, so many abilities.

The sad thing is that so many of them lie dormant, unused, underdeveloped. I really believe that everyone has a gift, that we are all specially able in one way or another. But too often we don’t believe it. We are conditioned by our lives, by the things that have happened to us or been said to us.

Far too many of us have heard or imagined the words, “You will never amount to anything. You are useless.” And they stick. They never let us go. We are told we have no skill, and we live what we are told.

Some of us just can’t be bothered anyway. There is someone else can do it, someone who is better at it than me. He can do it. She can do it.

But it is wrong. We all have a gifting. There is only one God, and he made you and me in his image. In a way, that means there is only one you, there is only one me. Each of us is unique. God makes us unique – scientists started to realise that when they discovered DNA. If we are unique, we are unique for a reason, for a particular purpose.

God gave Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen the gifts and skills they needed to build the sanctuary. But all the people were involved – they gave what they had, they did what they could.

No matter who you are, or what you have been through, you have a gift from God. You really should use it today. Someone out there is waiting to be helped by it, or just amazed at it. It is our duty to use it, and it is, in fact a sin not to.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17, NLT)