Gift of Craftsmanship

Exodus 31:2-5

See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.

The gift of craftsmanship or artisanry is the third of what I consider the “labor gifts.”  Each is similar but distinct.  While service is unskilled labor and helps is skilled, craftsmanship is the least likely to be learned without just being gifted with it.

God has enabled certain people to do beautiful works of art and craftsmanship.  These people were used in the construction of the tabernacle under Moses’ leadership.

In our modern age, the church has possibly stunted the works of skilled artisans.  During the Renaissance however, almost all of the great works produced were either commissioned by the church or otherwise produced for the glory of God.  Today we see less of it but not for a lack of talent available.

The church has become formulaic in our worship at times.  We need the work of artists to spice things up some.  Today it might appear in the form of video, drama, or even websites.

If God has gifted you to do beautiful works of art, regardless of the medium, it is needed within the church today and should be used for His glory.

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