Being Bezalel

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men… Colossians 3:23 (ESV)

There is no feeling, no rush, like the joy of being caught up in a creative moment.  When the pistons are firing and the creative juices are flowing, the right mix of inspiration and perspiration working together to come up with something unique and beautiful and purposeful and useful..

Creativity is (I believe) part of that spark of life God blew into man when He formed us from the dust of the ground and breathed life into our nostrils.  We are made in His image and God is the Ultimate Creative Being.  And each of us has received God given talents to use to His great glory and purpose.

Consider Bezalel:

1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. 6 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7  the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8  the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.” – Exodus 31:1-11 (ESV)

I cannot imagine the utter, fearsome joy of being consecrated as God’s official artist.  What an honor!  Bezalel must have made Michelangelo look like a chump.  But he must have been very humble as well; I’m not so sure God would impart such holy work to one who is full of himself.

Notice the last half of verse 6 (in King James): in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee (Exodus 31:6, KJV).  It is God Who gives people the gifts to create, to work, to bless.  Whether you work in oils or inks, the written word, or music of all sorts, God has enabled you.  If your gift is less artistic and more artisan, creating furniture or motors or what have you, it is God Who has gifted you.  No matter what your hand finds to do, no matter what the gift you are blessed with, it is God Who has supplied the skills.

When we choose to employ our God given abilities – no matter what those abilities may be – to the glory of The One Who gave us those gifts, then we are being faithful.  And God works through our efforts to bless others (and we, in turn, are both the source and recipient of God’s grace).

However, when we choose to ignore the gifts we are given, we miss out on those blessings.  In fact, we take a turn in the wrong direction, for we are being disobedient.

Bezalel was gifted by God to do His will and His work.  We each are gifted as well.  Each unique and uniquely blessed.  Each with a part to play, a role to fill in the body of Christ.  Your gift may be a profession or it may be a hobby.  Either way, seek the Lord in your giftedness.  He has created each of us to serve, according to His design.



The Courtney family are feeling the four walls beginning to close in, so we have escaped the quiet of our home for some time at Caribou Coffee. So it seems only apropos to do some blogging (seeing that this is the Bouville Diarist), while my wife works on her headache-inducing math homework and my son alleviates his boredom with a few rousing rounds of Mancala on Dad’s cell phone.

And it is amazing what a change of scenery can do for a person.

Even Jesus needed a change of scene at times, stepping away from the disciples to spend quiet time alone with His Father. It is refreshing to step away from the stress and familiarity of the same old scene and let the synapses snap as they experience some new walls, new sounds, different sights…

Engage with people.

Observe the world around you.

Take it all in… the sights and sounds and smells and feel of the variety of God’s creation. God has blessed us by allowing us to enjoy His creation, in all its beauty and wonder and diversity.

Maybe it’s the caffeine talking. But, right now, the ideas are starting the flow. Sitting in the comfort of my office earlier today, I felt very uninspired. Bored. Blah.

I read somewhere that one should never write when bored. Boy ain’t that the truth! It just wasn’t happening today.

But now… ministry thoughts are flowing. Writing ideas are flying. I am feeling energized, inspired… border line excited even!

So now it’s time to do some real planning. Real writing. And be real excited about it all!

All praise to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Have a blessed week and be a blessing!