Today you should read: Exodus 31
If you had a snapshot-description of you, presented in a pretty important book of the Bible, what would you want it to say? Humble? Hardworking? Good parent? Evangelist? Servant? All of those are great, but I would gladly take what the Bible says about Bezalel. It says he was “filled with the Spirit of God.” That’s a pretty awesome epitaph.
The chapter goes on to talk about a variety of things: finish the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, the mercy seat (verses 1-11). Then, the Lord gave further instruction regarding the Sabbath (12-18).
I want to share something with you that has profoundly impacted me in the area of simple obedience. That is what I see in Bezalel & Oholiab. Their roles required faithfulness in the little things. This excerpt from Jason Young illustrates the ripple-effect power of this idea.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What could I possibly do that matters?” You are not alone. I have asked myself that question more than once. Let me introduce you to seven people who were ALL influenced by another person.
It all started with a guy from Boston.
His name… EDWARD KIMBALL led a small group at his church when he met a challenging teenager. That seventeen-year-old young man was poorly educated and prone to outbursts of anger and profanity.
His name…DWIGHT L. MOODY. He became the “greatest” evangelist of the nineteenth century. He was instrumental in the life-change experienced by a young man.
His name… F.B. MEYER. He became a minister. He mentored a young man.
His name… J.W. CHAPMAN. He became a pastor and evangelist. He also started an outreach to professional baseball players. There he influenced a young man.
His name… BILLY SUNDAY. He became one of the greatest evangelists in the first two decades of the twentieth century. He influenced a young man who eventually came back to work with him.
His name… MORDECAI HAM. He became a preacher. He was preaching when a teenager responded to the invitation “to give your life to Jesus Christ.”
His name… BILLY GRAHAM. He has influenced more people than any other preacher in history. He remains a trusted confidant to presidents and other key influencers.
See, simple obedience matters. few of us probably knew of Edward Kimball, yet we have all heard of Billy Graham. But Billy Graham’s spiritual family tree goes back to a faithful Sunday School teacher, obeying God’s call to lead his class. I can only imagine the list of people influenced by Bezalel & Oholiab, two men doing God’s work according to God’s instructions.
I pray that what is said of them could be said of me.
By: Todd Thomas
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Good word for the day, Todd! I’m looking forward to serving the Lord, and our city, with CPC brothers & sisters at Douglas Park today. Perhaps the Lord will give us the privilege of influencing someone with the gospel today!