One of the greatest violinists of our time is undoubtably Sergey Krylov.  His rendition of another great violinist, Pablo de Sarasate’s, Carmen – fantasy #1 will truly make your heart leap with each crescendo.  You can listen to it on YouTube, just put in the above underline into the search. Such artists rarely pick up this extraordinary talent overnight.  Most good violinists and other like musicians are discovered by parents or teachers at an early age and then those talents are honed and drawn out. Even among these, true greats are rare, but occasionally we get to witness or enjoy such “God given talent”.   Tiger Woods held this distinction in golf.  Pete Rose in Baseball. Venus Williams in tennis.  Singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Enrico Caruso, Nat King Cole or Ella Fitzgerald.  These names will stand out for eons because they had real, one-of-a-kind talent, talent you only get from the creator who made us.

God given talent is biblical and there are a few examples given to us.  One is in Exo 31:1-5 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (2) “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  (3)  “I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, (4) to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, (5) and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship.   In 1 Chronicles 2:1-20 we learn that this Bezalel is in the royal ancestry of Jesus by way of Perez. Perez had three sons, Ram, Caleb and Jerahmeel. Jesus is a descendant of Ram and Bezalel is a descendant of Caleb (not the Caleb who gave a favorable report of the land).  This, therefore makes Bezalel an extended great uncle to Jesus. That is of course an interesting side note but that’s not the importance of Bezalel. His importance lies in his skills.  Not only was Bezalel good at woodworking, he also excelled in masonry and metallurgy.  Yet again his importance wasn’t just that he had these great skills at being a craftsman, but that he was filled with the spirit of God and possessed wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Tiger Woods was indeed a very talented golfer but as time would tell he did not possess much wisdom or understanding.  Now, his talent in golf suffers because of a continued lack of wisdom.  This is true of most great artists!  I believe that once a person is discovered and hailed for their great skills, they lose sight of how or who it was that gave them such.  Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Vincent Van Gogh, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karen Carpenter, George Gershwin just to name a few all died at fairly young ages and in unfavorable circumstances.   Long before they could continue providing the world with their extraordinary, God given talent, their lack of wisdom and understanding got the best of them.

                Bezalel’s talents were put to good use constructing and ordaining God’s dwelling place with the resources of the earth. Today, God uses our talents in like fashion for the ordainment of his dwelling place within our hearts through His son Jesus Christ.  When Christ ascended to God’s right hand and became Lord of Lords he bestowed on us certain gifts or talents. Eph.4:11-13 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (13)  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

                Just as Bezalel fashioned the tabernacle, according to God’s instructions, to give glory and honor to God, so too we must fashion our lives to give glory and honor to God.   We do this by using the talents he has given us, of recruiting (evangelists), of leadership (pastors, deacons) of teaching, preaching, encouraging, building up the body of Christ. Together, we can and should be an extraordinary talent.  Filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

Darryl Fuller