Giving Your Skills (Living with Open FISTs #3)

Sermon Synopsis

Have you ever wondered how you can use your skills and talents for God's glory? In this sermon, Pastor Erin shares a powerful message about the importance of using our abilities to bless others and bring honor to God. He focuses on the story of Bezalel and Oholiab from Exodus 35, who were gifted with artistic skills to build the Tabernacle. Here are some key takeaways from the sermon:

1. Your Skills and Talents Are Important

God has given each of us unique skills and talents. Whether it's athletic ability, musical talent, artistic skills, teaching abilities, or any other gift, these talents are not to be seen as less than. They are valuable and important in God's eyes. Just as Bezalel and Oholiab were filled with the Spirit of God and given specific skills for the task at hand, God has strategically given you your abilities for a purpose.

2. Continually Grow in Your Skill

Even if you are already talented in your area of expertise, it's important to continue growing and improving. Don't settle for mediocrity. Take the time to practice, learn, and develop your skills further. By doing so, you can become even more effective in using your talents for God's glory.

3. Share Your Skills with Others

One of the most powerful ways to use your skills and talents is by sharing them with others. Just as Bezalel and Oholiab taught and helped others improve their artistic abilities, you can do the same. Whether it's mentoring someone, teaching a class, or simply offering your expertise to those in need, your willingness to share your skills can have a profound impact on others.

4. Use Your Skills for the Benefit of Others

While it's natural to find joy and fulfillment in using your skills, it's important to remember that they are ultimately for the benefit of others. When you use your abilities to bless and serve others, you bring glory to God. Whether it's using your musical talent to lead worship, your teaching skills to educate others, or your artistic abilities to create something beautiful, your skills can make a difference in the lives of those around you.

5. Be Available to Use Your Abilities

God has given you your skills and talents for a reason. Be willing to make yourself available to use them. Whether it's within your church, your community, or your workplace, look for opportunities to use your abilities for God's glory. Don't let busyness or fear hold you back. Trust that God will provide the time and resources needed to use your skills effectively.

In conclusion, using your skills and talents for God's glory is a powerful way to make a difference in the world. Just as Bezalel and Oholiab used their artistic abilities to build the Tabernacle, you can use your unique talents to impact the lives of others and bring honor to God. So, take a moment to reflect on the skills and talents God has given you. How can you use them to bless others and bring glory to God? Remember, your abilities are valuable and important. Don't hold back. Open up your FISTs and give your skills for the benefit of others. You never know how God will use them to make a lasting impact.

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