“Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 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. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:” Exodus 31:1-6
God put it in the heart of His people to build a Tabernacle for the worship and glory of Jehovah. This would be a large and elaborate project. Many builders and craftsmen would be required to complete this magnificent wilderness worship place. That is made clear in this portion of Scripture.
But what this Scripture also makes clear is the exciting truth that when God planted the vision in the hearts of His people He also put within them the various skills and abilities that would be required to complete the job!
As a pastor it is inspiring to know that if God has called you to a task it is proof that He has also enabled you to accomplish it! This is timely for FredWes as we get ready to move into a major relocation project.
As a parent it should be encouraging to know God has placed within your child every talent, gift, ability, aptitude, and interest he will need to accomplish the will of God for his life. Aren’t you blessed by that knowledge?
God put all the good stuff in your kid but it is the parent’s responsibility to help his kid discover it, develop it and do what God has called Him to do. To make it personal you could say your kid is a gold mine of potential and you are the miner who is to dig it out of him. So, think of your kid as a gold mine and you are the miner. Mining, like parenting, can be tough, tedious, and tiring work. Some days you find a nugget or two and many days you don’t. But you keep digging because you know the gold is in there.
One of the nuggets you want to discover is what your kid is good at. Once you know that you know where to keep digging! As you dig, look for:
Is he an extrovert or an introvert?
Is he athletic or non-athletic?
Is he a plan first person or an in the moment person?
Is he people-oriented or project oriented?
Is he an aggressive type or a laid back type?
Is he an academic or less academic?
If he fact-oriented or go with the gut?
Is he a give me a book type or a give me the movie type?
Is he a high energy person or a lower energy person?
What are his favorite subjects in school?
What are his hobbies or past-times?
Asking these questions will help lead you to the gold!
But the first thing I recommend you do is help your kid stake his claim in Christ! Someone or something will stake a claim on your kid, so make sure it is you and make sure it’s Christ!