Do you have a slice of life that has been topped with a heavy dollop of the Holy Spirit? You know, one of those times when you were able to do something you thought was impossible. Maybe you said that thing you’ve always wanted to say to a non-believing friend and it really did make a difference. Or maybe you finally found the gumption to pray out loud or teach a Bible class. Perhaps, you dug deeply enough into your heart to find an age-old insecurity and then courageously yanked it out by the root.
We all crave those moments that transform us from ordinary to extraordinary. We want our lives to matter and for others to notice a difference in us, just like Bezalel and Oholiab. These were two guys in Exodus 31 whom God specifically chose to craft all of the ornate fixtures in the building of the tabernacle. I’m sure God had already given them the gift of crafting, but it took a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to turn their ordinary gift into something extraordinary.
As God relayed His tabernacle instructions to Moses, He said, “I have filled him [Bezalel] with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. And I have personally appointed Oholiab to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.” Through the power of the Holy Spirit the work of these craftsmen’s hands became unparalleled. There was nothing finer in any land.
I wonder if Bezalel amazed himself with the beauty of these Spirit-inspired creations. Did he go home at night and tell Mrs. B how the Spirit had led him to create marvelous things he thought were impossible? Years later, did all the craftsmen sit around the fire warming their hearts by remembering the days when God’s Spirit empowered them to do extraordinary things? Were their stories passed down to their children and grandchildren?
Today, God still inspires His children to do great things. As Christians we have a piece of God living inside each one of us right now. His Spirit allows us to do the extraordinary. God doesn’t ask the impossible – He makes it possible. Our extraordinary moments may not be as obvious as furnishing a magnificent temple. They may only happen on the inside at first. Do we have bad habits we need to get rid of before we can develop a deeper love and enjoy a closer relationship with God? Do we need to stand up to that thing in our past that causes us to believe we aren’t good enough to be used by God? Is there someone we need to forgive so we can truly feel God’s forgiveness? Maybe we need to forgive ourselves. Are we afraid to open up and let others see who we really are? Many times just honestly answering these questions takes some Holy Spirit power.
The Spirit helps us clean out the clutter so we can make room for His fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. As those things begin to move in, our focus zeros in on the needs of others. That’s when our gift comes into play. Jesus came so we might enjoy life to the full. God wants us to operate in our gifted sweet spot, so we can relax and serve Him out of love rather than duty. When we allow the Spirit to fill us, even the difficult things are met with a stronger resolve because we know we aren’t operating on our own power.
I need humility to look inside and see what needs changing. I need courage to go where the Spirit takes me. I need love to give God all the credit for the blessings in my life. But, mostly, I need faith to create more extraordinary moments to share with my grandchildren. What do you need?