Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. Exodus 36:2

There are many talented people with huge amounts of ability but it is not enough. The truly skilful ones are those who have honed their talent over time. They are the ones who have spent hours learning, studying and training. The successful ones are those who are willing to do the work to achieve in their chosen sphere.

When Moses was looking for workers he wanted two qualities – God given skill and willingness to do the work.

Sometimes we think that if our ability is God given we don’t need to practise. Yet this is not so. Even if our gift is healing, evangelism or intercession, we can always learn from our spiritual predecessors and mentors by reading books and listening to others who are more mature in faith. God always has more to teach us if we are open to growing in our gifting.

Unfortunately there are those who are not willing to do the work. They are invited to take part in an event but they come without having done the necessary preparation and expect God to make up for their lack. Maybe they remember occasions when God did use them or others when they were inexperienced or young in the faith. But this was not to be taken as an excuse to remain immature. Likewise they may have seen God work through situations in a spontaneous fashion but again this is not a reason for neglecting to be prepared.

If we want God to use our skills on an ongoing basis are we willing to do the work and be like Bezalel and Oholiab?