At the time I (Bill) was writing 7 Simple Skills for Every Man, I had…
1 Kings 7:13-14
“King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.”
As you get to know people, you discover that everyone is really good at something. We live in a world that criticizes us and discourages us from discovering what that thing is, but it is in all of us.
Just yesterday I met a man who is remarkable with muscle cars. He drove up to our meeting in a 1960s canary yellow Chevy Camaro. It was immaculately restored with a flat black grill, black accent trim, shiny wheels and low profile tires. I met with him at an outdoor coffee shop and noticed that every man who walked by his car stopped to admire the craftsmanship in this manly statement of power. If I were going to work on a project like that, I would call this guy.
King Solomon was in this exact situation. He was not getting ready to build a muscle car (although if they were available in his day, I think he probably would), he was working on the temple. He wanted to make this project the best it could be as he wanted it to give supreme honor to his God. That was when he “sent to Tyre and brought Huram.” This man had proven himself as “a skilled craftsman in bronze.” Solomon knew he could trust him because Huram had also applied himself to the development of his talent. As a result, he “was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work.”
As I considered all this, I asked myself, “Would anyone want to call me?” I couldn’t help but think of 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them . . . Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Each of us has been given some kind of gift for the benefit of the body of Christ. It is strong and effective but it begins immature. If we are willing to apply ourselves and improve our ability to exercise the giftedness, others are benefited greatly.
I was reminded today to stay at the task of developing the abilities I enjoy the most so that when it is time for my giftedness to be put into action the right people will call for me.