TEXT: Exodus 31:1-11 *[Note: It would be helpful in reading this POST, if your Bible was near].
Psalm 33:15 (a): “He made their hearts”
YOU ARE UNIQUE – [See Footnote [i] for the following]
“You are unique. Even though you share many things in common among other people, you are essentially one of a kind. No one else has been given exactly the same makeup as God has given you. Your face, your fingerprints, your voice, and your genetic makeup are matched by no one else’s. Likewise, God has handcrafted you with your personality, your unique set of talents and motivations, and your special “bent in life.”
After reading the above source, I find that it all means one thing–you and I have a “one of a kind,” unique purpose set before us in life.
As an older brother by seven years, I’m sure my little brother believed while growing up, my unique purpose in life: To irritate him in any way I could.
According to the verses in Exodus 31, God gave BEZALEL the ability to work with gold, silver, stone and other materials. God had placed in this man one of a kind abilities, and now God was planning to use these talents He placed in Bezalel to His glory.
 AND THE Lord said to Moses,  See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship.”
God wants to use your originality for His glory.
Notice the Interesting Progression that Takes Place.
God gets right to the point of a command in our lives. He doesn’t go around commanding everybody but has an unusual way; a unique way, on how He prepares each one of us for a specific task.
1. GOD CALLS US (Vs. 2):
BEZALEL was called by name and God knew what He wanted accomplished.
It’s not hard for God to pick who He wants for a specific task, He already knows who He wants–He prepared them. It’s not like in grade school–hoping we would get picked for a team.
GOD picked Bezalel because He PREPARED Bezalel–so He called the man He wanted by name–“Bezalel, step forward, I have a job for you.”
God has called you by name.
You are one of a kind to Him because He already prepared you for the task at hand. You’re NOT on the sideline waiting to be chosen; if you are a Christian, God has already called you.
Do you know your calling? God has PROMISED to reveal it to you if you will ask, seek, and knock.
2. GOD APPOINTS US (Vs. 6):
“And behold, I have appointed with him Aholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and to ALL who are wisehearted I have given wisdom and ability to make all that I have commanded you:”
Proverbs 10:8 says, “A WISE HEART takes orders; an empty head will come unglued” (The Message).
Over the years, God has called me to do special jobs in the Kingdom: Write, produce and direct Christian Drama; sing in choirs, ensembles; teach and of course write weekly blogs.
Under the Law, God chose Prophets, Priests and kings by placing His ANOINTING on them to accomplish His mission.
In this period of GRACE or the CHURCH AGE, God places His ANOINTING on believers to accomplish His plan on the earth today.
We ALL RECEIVE His Spirit when we entered into the Kingdom of God, but God gives an extra measure of His anointing; those who “seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness.”
What comes next?
In Exodus 31, the next thing that happens after God’s call of BEZALEL is that He APPOINTS others to work along side of him. We all need help.
For the sake of discussion, a looking at this point is the next step God takes in each of us. For instance, for God to APPOINT Aholiab, Aholiab had to be first CALLED by God.
Before the Apostles were appointed as apostles, they first had to be called. Aholiab had to first ANSWER the call before he could be appointed to help.
Before God can APPOINT you, you must ANSWER the call. When you do, He’ll appoint you to a task. Like Aholiab was appointed for a specific task, you have been appointed.
3. GOD DOES THE GIVING (Vs. 6 b ):
DOES GOD CALL us before He gives us a skill–doesn’t matter. God GIVES the skill.
DOES GOD APPOINT us before He gives us a skill–doesn’t matter. God GIVES the skill.
You are so “one of a kind” to God; so unique where you live, where you go to church, where you work, that He has given you a specific skill to fulfill the call in your life.
Many people are slow to answer the call for SERVICE because they fear their work is not good enough; they feel that the work that is noticed is the only way to serve. But that’s not true.
God needed men like Moses, Aaron and Joshua…
BUT…God also needed Bezalel! The work God called him to do was such importance, God gave him a special anointing for the task.
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God” ~ verse 3 a.
– Moses had the spirit of Administration and prophecy.
– Aaron had the spirit for the priesthood.
– Joshua had the spirit for conquest.
BUT…Bezalel had the spirit for design and building–he was certainly one of a kind.
Sometimes we question why God does things the way He does–chooses some people and not others. Let’s try to remember that HIS GIFTS are distributed, not as we will, but as He wills. So if this question, “Why not me?” enters your heart, get over it!
There’s something in our name–
I find it interesting and informative when looking up given names and their meanings. My given name is MELVIN DALE… its meaning is as follows: “Mel”–Chief. “Dale” means a valley. So putting them together, “Chief of the Valley” or ‘strong leader,’ and the meaning has played out in my life.
BEZALEL ‘s [ BEZALEEL, BESELEEL] name means “under God’s shadow” [See Footnote [ii] ]. He never became the great statesman and organizer that Moses did–nor even “chief of the valley”.
His voice was never heard to preach to the Israelite assembly.
Neither was he qualified to the priesthood.
He was not gifted in military, was not able to go along with Joshua’s adventures in the forefront of Israel’s army.
Yet this man had a DIVINE GIFT, a “spiritual anointing” to fulfill the task. And yes, he truly was, “One of a kind.”
Service to the Lord —
So, would you rather find yourself in the ANOINTING first or the TITLE before your name?
Finding Ourselves in the “Shadow of God’s Wings”–
GOD equates Himself with a bird in Scripture when He tells the Israelites that He carried them on “eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4).
Again Scripture gives us encouragement in serving with the “spiritual anointing”— Psalm 63:7
~A Psalm of David~
“For You have been my help and
in the shadow of Your wings
will I rejoice.”
4. GOD COMMANDS US (Vs. 6 c):
Whenever it is that God puts the skills in us is debatable but the COMMAND always comes at the end. God doesn’t command us to do something if He hasn’t first, called us; second, appointed us; and thirdly, put the skill in us.
You Are One Of A Kind:
No one else has your abilities and talents combined–with your own unique personality and standing in life– to the job God has called you to do.
The New Year’s Challenge – “How does God want me to serve?”
SEEK GOD’S CALLING IN YOUR LIFE.
Let the BEZALEL ANOINTING rest on your work, it may be just a “hello” to someone, a kind word to a friend, maybe a cup of water in the name of the Lord.
Whatever the task, know that you’re ONE OF A KIND in the Kingdom of God and do it with all of your might!
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. Knowing [with all certainly] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)” (Colossians 3:23-24 AMP).
Footnotes: [i] Urbana.org; [ii] Harper’s Bible Dictionary/Bezaleel, pg. 110.
Bible Translations: Amplified Bible; The Message.
Photo Credits: Photo Pin; Google Images/Exodus 19:4.