“Then the Lord said to Moses, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— Exodus 31
This is the fascinating story of two Home Run Kids, named Bezalel and Oholiab. Strange names but it is an inspiring story that modern parents need to hear. If you are trying to Raise Home Run Kids this story is for you for several significant reasons:
1) God Chooses Kids!
God wanted a tabernacle built where He could dwell with His people and where they could come to meet with Him and worship Him.
This would be an elegant place of worship even though it would be a portable one. It would be befitting of the Great Jehovah, God of the Hebrews.
He needed committed craftsmen who were willing and able to tediously craft the elegant artifacts that would be used in the worship of the Lord.
So, He chose and called Uri’s boy and Ahisamak’s son to do it! God called their kids for a special sacred project that would bless an entire nation!
Here’s the exciting part – God has chosen your kid, too. That’s why it is crucial that you raise him to be a Home Run Kid!
2) God Enables Kids He Chooses!
I remember when God placed the call to ministry on my heart. I tried to deny it and evade it mostly because I lacked self-confidence. My problem wasn’t because I didn’t want to serve God in such a demanding position as pastor but I just didn’t think I had what it took to do it. I confided that reluctance to my Youth Pastor and what he shared with me changed my life. He said, “Brad, if you are certain of God’s call on your life you can also be certain that His call is His enablement.”
Some 50 years later I have found that to be absolutely true!
God’s statement in these verses also proves that He indeed enables those He calls! He did for them! He did for me! He will do it for your Home Run Kid! Speak that into your Home Run Kid!
3) The Kids God Calls And Enables He Uses To Bless Others For Him!
Among the beautiful items Belazel and Oholiab fashioned with their artistic skills was the Ark of the Covenant! Image that! Imagine if, as a result of your commitment to Raise A Home Run Kid God calls your kid to do something that blesses others and draws them to God!
Remember what the Ark of the Covenant was. It was the very place where God occupied as He dwelt among His people. The consecrated skills of these two craftsmen literally blessed God’s people with His manifest presence!
How would you feel if God chose to use your kid in such a dramatic way? Would that be worth the challenges involved in raising a Home Run Kid?
By the way, God will also enable you to raise the kid He has called and enabled!