Exodus 31:3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.
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Let me rephrase the verse slightly, God has filled YOU with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.
In Exodus 31 we see the story of Bazalel. God has gifted him as a business owner. Nowhere else in scripture, that I have found, do we see God personally talking about a specific person called to be a business owner.
The first thing God mentions about Bazalel is that he is filled with the Spirit of God. Being filled with God should be our first step in being who we are called to be. Before all else, we must know who God is and grow closer to Him daily.
Then, God says that he gave Bazalel wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Think about how those three words complete the idea of being a business owner.
We must have wisdom to know the right decisions to make. We must have understanding to figure things out and talk to our workers. We must have knowledge to know what to do and when to do it. That alone would put most self-help books on the top of the charts.
Yet, God does not stop there. God says that he has gifted him with all kinds of skills. Then, God lists all of the skills Bazalel has. It is like God sharing his resume.
I love this next section. God says, “I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded.”
Think about the impact of this statement. God specifically gifts people to do what God commands. He gives gifts to complete His work. If you are gifted in business, God has given you the skills you need to do everything God has called you to do.
You may need more knowledge to bring your skills to a level that will glorify God, but it is what we are called to do as business owners. We are called to be wise and know what we need to learn. We are called to gain knowledge over a lifetime to be the best in what we do. And we are called to have understanding about how to use those gifts in such a way that God gets glory.
You are skilled in business. God has called you into business, but it does not stop there. God gives you opportunities to develop your skills further and to grow in knowing Him. If you learn to grow close to God, you will grow in your business.
I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills. Exodus 31:3