Exodus 36:1,2 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:
1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Psalmist spoke about serving The Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2). Serving Jesus is a privilege and honor. It is sheer joy to serve Jesus Christ! We see in both testaments how God gives to His people the ability and desire to serve Him. Some people have the strange idea that whatever they hate to do is probably what God will call them to do. Not at all. God distributes to every one of His children gifts and abilities that are according to His will and their liking. Teachers love to study. Worship leaders love to practice their instruments and learn songs. Those with gifts of serving and hospitality love having people over to their homes or getting involved at church.
No one saint has all the gifts, but every saint has one or more. They are to be used to minister or bless others in the body, and bring glory to God. Does “serving” with a long face give glory to God? Does “serving” with your eye on the clock give glory to God? Does “giving” with the concern if you will have enough left over to buy that new________ give glory to God? Beloved, it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) Jesus said that He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). He served for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Are you using your gifts and abilities in your local church? If not, why not? No time? Really? If all of your God-given abilities are only being used in your career and little or none are being used in the kingdom, the body is not operating at full capacity. Consider your ways. Avoid the “someone else will do it” mentality. Remember what Jesus said to the person that hid his talent (Matthew 25:24-30). Selah.
I have struggled many years searching how to use my art for the Lord in our church, but I never seem to find the answer. Please pray for a clear leading. It is amazing because I just was praying about this yesterday.