WHEN ABILITY MEETS PURPOSE

Years ago, at my very tender age, I discovered I could write. I realized that at any time I place my hand on blank papers I could write just about anything without prior preparations. I might have written a lot of crap those days but I was very sure that many of my mates were not able to write the least of the “nonsense” I wrote those days. At least, to the level of my knowledge at that time, I offered the best that my intellectual capacity would carry. It was something natural for me as I didn’t know why anybody couldn’t just write at that time. It was a talent that got better as each day progressed.

But it wasn’t clear to me yet why I could write, it was not clear to me why God gave me that ability. I got very better with time as I took baby steps but the ability in itself was there even though the purpose wasn’t clear to me. All my life, I never wanted to be addressed as a writer, I had a soft spot for other things but right inside of me, I was exhibiting creativity to some level.

Some years later, it got clearer. It wasn’t an accident, it was part of God’s divine plan for my life. I would imagine Him, forming me in my mother’s womb and saying “This is George and I am wiring in him the ability to write with ease and inspire a certain audience through the style of art I am giving to him”. I would write just anything I want to write, I would write romance and very core erotic stories but the purpose of that gift isn’t just to enjoy and communicate my fantasies, there is more to it! Not knowing the purpose doesn’t deny me the ability and sometimes, the devil takes advantage of our ignorance to use the abilities God has given to us for himself.

This is how it is for everyone! We all have diverse abilities which God has given us for certain purpose. It may not be significant in the eyes of men, it may not even make sense to you but by the time you align your ability to God’s will for it, you discover a dimension of that ability which no man had seen. God, speaking to Moses said to him:

“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also, I have given the ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you… They are to make them just as I commanded you.” – Exodus 31:2-11 NIV


God can fill someone with the ability to do natural and skilful things, God can also give one a unique spiritual gift for a specific purpose. But these things aren’t enough on its own to keep you running. Bezalel, son of Uri and other workers were given an ability from God by His spirit and Bezalel had received knowledge, understanding and wisdom which is the ability to apply knowledge rightly.

But as much as they had these things in them, God said to Moses “they are to make them just as I commanded you.” Notice, the statement doesn’t read “they will make it just as I have commanded you.” It reads “they are to make them just as I commanded you.”

Talents and abilities aren’t enough, they don’t indicate spiritual maturity. There is always a place of harkening to instructions and following guideline. With all the ability they had received, they weren’t functioning on autopilot. God uses men but men are also people of choice, as much as you have the spirit of God in you, you can decide if you should work by the leading of the Spirit or not. Maturity comes by obeying instructions, as we hearken to instructions, we are trained unto maturity. Children may have so much knowledge and even skills, they may learn computer programming at a very early stage but they remain children and must be properly guided, else their knowledge becomes destructive and useless.

In the things of the Spirit, no one ever gets to the peak of maturity. We mature every day as we walk with God but we never reach old age in God, we never know all there is to know about God because our natural mind cannot grasp it all at once. As much as we have received several abilities, we are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. For as long as Bezalel and others were to make those things, they were to submit to the instructions of God.

Their gifts were given them for a specific purpose. As long as they use it for that purpose, there was fulfilment. Being gifted is not enough, God may have given you a special ability but possessing it isn’t an indication that you’ve arrived at the point God wants you to be. God’s gifting, talents and skills ought to be used in line with God-given instructions. God doesn’t give us gifts because He can’t achieve certain things without us, He gives us the ability because He takes pleasure in achieving those things with us.

Whatever we have on the inside of us takes up our character in its expressions. God may give you a special ability to sing and write songs but whatever you decide to do with that ability is what the ability will express! God may give you the ability to write but whatever you decide to do with that ability is what it will express. Two persons may be using the same kind of Smartphone, one would use his smartphone as an alternative to PC in managing his documents and another person may use his own as an alternative to the point-and-shoot camera in taking certain photographs! So, the phone assumes the character of the user, not necessarily because this is the vision or purpose of why the phones were made.

The ability God has given you will assume your character. If you want that ability to be used for the purpose for which it has been given you, you must be conformed to God’s word, you must walk according to God’s plan for your life. Satan gives no one ability, he only inspires them to use the ability God had already given them in adverse to divine purpose. Even if you had to study before you could learn a skill, it is God-given because the ability to grasp information and bring forth tangible results with it was pre-installed in you by God. Look at verse 6 of our Bible text, God said to Moses

Also, I have given the ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you”

Whatever ability it is that you have, it was given to you by God for a purpose and you only find fulfilment in using them for that purpose. We aren’t to act in arrogance because of our various abilities, Bezalel, Oholiab and others had these abilities beforehand and may not have known the purpose for those abilities till Moses got the instruction from God. Whatever ability we have, even when it isn’t clear to us on what God wants to do with us, we should use our abilities to the glory of God, we should serve others with it in humility. Many times, it is in the place of service that we discover why God gave us certain abilities. God said to Jeremiah

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

God made you for a purpose and the abilities He gave to you is for that purpose. Ability is not enough, being skilful is not enough but by harkening to instructions, by yielding to God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit find expressions in us, we are aligning ourselves to God’s purpose for our lives. True success and fulfilment are found when ability meets purpose.

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