“For we are God’s coworkers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation…”
1 Corinthians 3:9-10
“Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make ingenious designs, to forge with gold, silver and bronze, as well as cutting stones for setting and carving wood, to work in all manner of craftsmanship. Also look, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. Within the hearts of all who are wise-hearted I have placed skill, so that they may make everything that I have commanded.’”
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul teaches us about being co-workers with God. He gives us a picture of the worker as a skilled master builder, laboring as he works with his hands on God’s building. In Exodus 31 there is a similar picture when God calls Bezalel and Oholiab by name. He fills them with His Spirit, ability, intelligence, knowledge and all the skills they will need for the task of making the holy articles for the tabernacle.
Like these men, we are all called to leadership within our sphere of influence—whatever that may be. Each of us has a calling to take part in the holy assignment of being co-workers with God.
Think of the beauty and meaning this calling places on even the most mundane parts of our day—whether we are crunching numbers on a spreadsheet, answering the same question for the hundredth time, responding to endless complaints, sweeping floors, washing dishes, or trying every method possible to convince our children not to talk back to us.
In the context of your most challenging and wrenching day-to-day tasks, imagine yourself in the following picture: God has you and others on His team, gathered around His extra-large drafting table, studying His master plans. He has filled you with His Spirit and with every ability and special skill you will need. Now He sends each person out to their assigned task. With a chisel and hammer in hand, you come to a huge block of wood, and you are filled with eagerness. How exciting! What an honor to be working on something so beautiful and important! You devote yourself wholeheartedly to every detail of your project because you desire to be found faithful. The significance of this task is clear. You know the work will soon become long and hard, but you persevere with your chisel and hammer.
As a stay-at-home mom, I admit I haven’t usually had the same attitude of reverence and honor towards finding matching socks or teaching my children to share. In light of the picture these scriptures paint, I challenge myself to be deeply grateful and even reverent of the most mundane tasks at hand, rather than to complain. All these small parts weave together to become our very highest honor: to be a part of constructing “God’s building,” as Paul says. This building is ultimately a part of ushering in God’s Kingdom on earth, to bring glory to Him! And no matter what we are called to– motherhood, business, or ministry- we can take comfort that we build on a solid foundation, Jesus the Messiah.
Tabatha Lesmeister is a fifth generation Texan. She gained a large heart for the nations from her godly parents and grandparents. She is the strong and steady anchor of the Lesmeister home.