Interesting fact for the day:
Exodus 31:1-5 records the first place in scripture where someone is "filled with the Spirit." Can you guess what the Spirit empowered them to do? Not prophetic words, not healing, not angelic tongues, not preaching, nor worshipping, not even leading the people.
Bezalel was filled by God's spirit to be the artist and craftsman in charge of the artwork and finely crafted instruments for the Tabernacle.
It makes you think...
Ministry is often conceived of as "pastor-work." In most places the nurses, teachers, gardeners and neighbors are looking over the pastor's shoulder saying, "that looks fun, can I try?" But that isn't the way it is supposed to be!
Ministry is supposed to be the work of Christians in the world. The pastoral role ought to be guiding and equipping Christians in that fundamental ministry task of partnering with God in His work around us, in us, and through us. In short, the pastor should be looking over the shoulders of the nurses, teachers, gardeners, and neighbors and saying, "that looks fun, can I try?