Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.–Exodus 26:1 NASV
As ministers of God in the workplace, the best way to glorify the Lord is to be a skilled worker – to work with excellence. As the old saying goes, “God’s favor gets you in the door, but excellence keeps you there.”
When God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle He specifically said to use “skillful workmen.” This is extremely important because God desires workers in His kingdom to be skilled workers – not unskilled. It’s not enough to just get by – He wants to see workers develop their talents into skills to be used for His work.
I’m sure there were quite a few men who could make a curtain in Moses’ day, but God only wanted those who were skilled enough to handle a job! This makes me reflect on my work and what I’m doing to make myself better for the glory of the Lord.
Our role as workers is to be faithful to hone our gifts – to “master the craft.” We have to give our work everything we have, and in doing so we honor the God who gave us the ability to work in the first place. Just look at the guys who landed the job for the construction of the tabernacle in the book of Exodus. I’m sure they had years of tedious and boring projects where they could’ve easily cut corners, but by being faithful to master their craft, little did they know, they would soon be working on God’s tabernacle!
Our job is to simply be faithful in our work, honing the gift and mastering the craft. Even if you don’t like what you’re doing at the moment – you still need to do your absolute best. Because you never know when the King may tap you on the shoulder!
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