Giving The Lord Your Best Work
How Good is your best? Your best may not be the same level as mine.
The Lord knows our potential and what we are capable of and He will not accept anything less from us.
The Lord gave Moses precise instructions on how He wants the tabernacle and contents to be built, but Moses was not a craftsman, so he needed qualified workers to do the job. (Exodus 31:1-11)
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. (Exodus 31:1-5)
God selected the workers that He needed to do the job. His requirements were much more than having the skill to do the work. The Lord poured out His Spirit of wisdom, understanding and knowledge upon a Bezalel of the tribe of Judah to do the artistic work of the Tabernacle.
The fact that he was from the tribe of Judah is symbolic because Jesus descended from the tribe of Judah and He was also filled with the Spirit of God. (Isaiah 11:1-2)
The Lord also appointed other artisans and filled them with wisdom so that they would do an excellent work on His Tabernacle.
I can just imagine how detailed and perfect the things were sewn or carved. I do not believe that the pictures that are drawn of the Tabernacle do justice to the workmanship of the work that was done.
Whatever we present to the Lord whether it is a song, poetry, music or dance must be done to the best of our ability. Many times we offer the best to our jobs and community but in the church, we give God any sloppy old thing that we carelessly throw together.
When I was in the choir at high school whenever we sing a wrong note, the choirmaster would reprimand us by telling us that we were not in the church choir. Obviously, he believed that the worst choir was in the church, and he did not want his choir to sound like them.
The choirmaster was not a Christian, but I was, and so every time he said those words I would cringe because I knew it was the truth. Consequently, I never join the choir at my church or any other church that I attended. I always compared them to my school choir, and if they did not match up to its standard, then I did not want to be part of it.
The Lord placed an excellent spirit within me, and if I cannot give my best, I do not participate at all. Note that you do not have to be perfect. The Lord wants the best that you can give Him.
It, therefore, means that you will need to ask the Lord for His Spirit of wisdom and knowledge so that you can perform an excellent work for Him. Do not settle for mediocrity or slapdash work. The Lord will not honor you.
The Lord skillfully formed us from before the foundation of the earth. We are His workmanship created in His image and for His glory.
For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. (Psalms 139:13-16)