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Ability To Teach

Ability To Teach

03 February 2011

Today’s Reading: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10

Scripture:

30 Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 32 He is a master craftsman… 34 And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others.” (Exodus 35:30-34 NLT)

God gave Moses a clear and detailed picture of what he wanted the people to build as a place of meeting for God and the people. The people generously gave the materials – all kinds of materials – to complete the project. God also prepared master craftsmen, Bezalel of Judah and Oholiab of Dan, to do the work skillfully and with excellence.

Bezalel and Oholiab were not only masters at all kinds of craftsmanship, they had the God-given ability to teach their skills to others. By the time this great project was completed, there were not only the two, but dozens or even hundreds of skilled craftsmen among the people.

I often think about my Dad in this context. He was skilled in so many ways with all kinds of building and repair skills, but he preferred to just do the work. So even though we worked together a lot during my growing-up years, it was more a matter of me helping him rather than learning from him. His skills and abilities mostly died with him.

The ability to teach others is a gift from God and it was never intended to be confined to a classroom. As I enter the next season of my life, I’m realizing that every interaction between two people is potentially a teaching and learning opportunity.

What if we each honestly assessed our skills and abilities and began to ask God for opportunities to pass on the transferable part of our knowledge, skill, and wisdom to others? Why should our hard-learned skills stop when we stop? Why shouldn’t we become multipliers of God’s gracious gifts and abilities?

Prayer:

Father, I want to leave as much as possible of what I’m good at behind when I’m done. Please grace me and my friends with the ability, the determination, and the opportunities to teach our skills to others. Amen.

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