The gathering of supplies had taken place. In this chapter, we see the actual construction being accomplished. The first verse gives us some great insight as to how we should use the gifts God has given us.
…every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded. Exodus 36:1
- We should use our gifts with humility.
Any resource, talent, intellect, strength, or ability that we have is something we have been given by the Lord. It is not because of our worthiness but because of his generosity.
- We should use our gifts with hard work.
There aren’t any references in Scripture to believers hoarding their gifts. Just the opposite. We see in verse 5 that the people were giving more than was necessary. They had to be told to pause the contributions.
- We should use our gifts with hearts eager to obey His commands.
The people used their gifts in accordance with what God has commanded. We don’t pick and choose how or if we use our gifts. We look to the commands in Scripture and ask, “How can I utilize my gifts to obey this or that instruction?”
I love Erma Bombeck and this quote from her is great.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”
That is my heart. I want to appear before God exhausted and empty handed having used everything He gave me for His glory.