Your Mission…Should You Choose to Accept it.
Posted on June 8, 2016
As humans, I think each of us has an indescribable desire inside of ourselves that longs for greatness. We feel a need to do something big and purposeful in our lives and envision all of our aspirations of accomplishment coming true, whatever they may be. As believers in the Messiah, we know that our life has a purpose and that the LORD has a call on each of our lives. Somewhere in that, we can find ourselves searching for what that call is, hoping it will be an adventure straight out of biblical times. We wonder if we will hypothetically, lead a crowd of people across a desert to the Red Sea, like Moses, but in the modern world. Perhaps we will lead soldiers in a Jericho-like battle, similar to Joshua. Will we be someone who shakes things up in society, like Paul did? Will that shaking be acknowledged and credited to us while we are still alive? Will people speak of us later as a part of history? We wonder, “What will the LORD do through me?” It’s exciting to think of the LORD using us for His glory and incredibly humbling at the same time.
But what if His will for our lives isn’t all that glamorous? Do you still want the mission?
What if it’s pretty ordinary? What if it doesn’t seem like such a big deal? Still interested?
If I were to mention the name Bezalel, I’m guessing there’s a good chance that you have no idea who I’m talking about. Would you be surprised if I told you that there are five whole chapters in Exodus that talk about what the LORD gave Bezalel to do? (It’s true. Read Exodus, chapters 35 through 39.) However, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a pastor give a sermon on the mission of Bezalel. This is probably because his life was not all that interesting, as he was just a skilled craftsman. Just an everyday, run of the mill, craftsman. But the LORD told Moses in Exodus 31, that He was going to use Bezalel to help build the tabernacle. In fact, the LORD had this to say about him, “Look, I have appointed Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut gemstones for mounting and to carve wood for work in every craft.” (Exodus 31:1-5)
This man, who we never really hear about in our bible stories, was actually responsible for crafting all the materials used for building the tabernacle. The list is quite long, too. He made the curtains, the posts, the veil, the altar, all of the utensils, etc. He even built the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant, people! This was not a glamorous or heroic mission, it was hard work. However, he was hand picked, by God, to do this very thing. Bezalel was given much wisdom and understanding, but was also given the ability in his skills to complete this task. This was such an important mission and he was chosen for it, and he was careful to obey the LORD’s every detailed instruction.
You know what happened next? When the tabernacle was completed, using the materials that Bezalel had crafted with his own two hands, the Bible says….”The cloud covered the tent of meeting and the Glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:34) This was the place where the LORD chose to dwell with His people! And Bezelel was used, by God, to build it. If that were me, and I saw the Glory of the LORD fill the tabernacle that was constructed with the materials that were made with my very own hands, everything inside of me would shrink and I’d be on my face, feeling completely unworthy. That would be enough for me.
Bezalel may not get the accolades today the way Moses does, but He was appointed by God to do this work. It wasn’t glamorous and it wasn’t heroic; it was laborious, it was tedious, and it was difficult work, but it was what the LORD had planned for him in this part of the Creator’s story. This work was important.
I remember feeling the pressure of trying to figure it out when I first gave my life to the LORD. What was I supposed to be doing with my life now? Should I go into missions? Should I start a non-profit? Should I sell everything I have to go live in Africa and care for orphans? I kept feeling like I needed to catch up with everyone else who knew the call on their own lives. I assumed it had to be big and it had to be drastic if it was going to be from the LORD. I’d pray and pray and still not know. It was frustrating. I assumed everyone else just knew,except for me, and I started feeling a little left out. What was my mission? What was my purpose? Why do those people know and I don’t? However, after a while, the LORD began taking that pressure away from me and He showed me the reality of the situation. I didn’t need to figure it out, I just needed to be obedient and He would handle the rest.
While it’s exciting to think that we will be chosen to do something truly heroic in history, the truth is, we’re not all assigned to that task. Perhaps you’re a mother and you think….is this it? But what if you are the mother or maybe one day the grandmother to a child that God has planned to do mighty things through? Is it enough to be their mother? Or grandmother? What if you are a nurse or a doctor and you save the life of a person that the LORD is going to use bring many to know His name? Is that enough? What if you’re at a grocery store and the LORD’s puts it on your heart to pay for the groceries of the person in front of you? What if that person literally prayed, “LORD, if you’re real, take care of my needs,” and it is in that moment that they give their life to Jesus? Is that enough?
We may go our entire lives never knowing how or when the LORD is going to use us. We might not know that He is using us in those moments that He actually chooses to do so. But, whether you’re a Bezalel or a Moses, a mother or a nurse, or a stranger at a grocery store, or anything else you might be, know that the LORD has given you specific gifts, talents, wisdom, and ability to do His work. We don’t have to go searching for it, He already knows the when and where. There is no big or small to Him, there’s only obedience. Let us not think that we have nothing to offer or that our mission isn’t enough. Let us simply be obedient. Stay quiet enough to listen, be patient for when it is your time and be rest assured, that it is all important work in His eyes. May we not look to be the hero, but to be the obedient servant, no matter what that mission is.
May that be enough.