Will you use them to the full? Will you use them for God? Will you use them to complete the work God has for you? Will you use them to help transform and inspire? Will you use them to point people to God? Will you use them to help? Will you use them to serve? Will you use them to start? Will you use them to finish? How will you use what you have been given?
Today’s reading speaks of how the gifts and talents given were used to prepare for ministry through service…
Altar for Sacrifices1He then made the altar for burnt offering from acacia wood. It was square, five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high. 2He also made the horns on the four corners from one piece, and overlaid it with bronze. 3Then he made all the utensils for the altar—the pots and the shovels, the basins, the forks and the fire pans. He made all the utensils from bronze. 4He also made a bronze grating net for the altar, under the ledge around it, reaching halfway up. 5He cast four rings for the four ends of the bronze grating, to be holders for the poles. 6He made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with bronze. 7Then he put the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it, and he made it hollow, out of boards. 8He made the basin and the base from bronze, with mirrors from the women who served at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 9Then he made the courtyard. For the south side the hangings of the courtyard were finely twisted linen, 100 cubits long. 10There were 20 pillars and 20 bronze bases. The hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver. 11Likewise, for the north side, 100 cubits long, with 20 bronze pillars and bases, and the hooks for the pillars and their bands were silver. 12For the west side the hangings were 50 cubits, with ten pillars and their ten bases, as well as the hooks for the pillars and their silver bands. 13Likewise, for the east side, 50 cubits long. 14The hangings for one side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with three pillars and their bases. 15Similarly for the other side, on either side of the gate of the courtyard were hangings of 15 cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 16All the hangings of the courtyard all around were of finely twisted linen. 17The bases for the pillars were bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver, the overlaying of their capitals were silver, and all the pillars of the courtyard were ringed with silver. 18The curtain for the gate of the courtyard was the work of a color weaver, of blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen. It was 20 cubits long and five cubits high, like the hangings of the courtyard. 19Their four pillars and four bases were bronze. Their hooks along with the overlaying of their capitals and their bands were silver. 20All the pegs of the Tabernacle and the courtyard all around were bronze. 21These are the accounts of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, as they were recorded according to the commandment of Moses, by the service of the Levites, under the hand of Ithamar son of Aaron the kohen. 22Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur of the tribe of Judah made all that Adonai commanded Moses. 23Along with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, a craftsman, a skillful workman, and a weaver of colors, in blue, purple, scarlet and fine linen. 24The entirety of the gold that was used for the work of the Sanctuary, including the gold of the offering, was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the Sanctuary shekel. 25The silver from those numbered from the congregation was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the Sanctuary shekel—26that is, a beka, or half a shekel per head, according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, for everyone who was recorded, from 20 years old and upward, for 603,550 men. 27The 100 talents of silver were for casting the bases of the Sanctuary, and the bases for the inner curtain, 100 bases for 100 talents, a talent for each base. 28The 1,775 shekels he made into hooks for the pillars, overlaid their capitals, and made bands for them. 29The bronze from the offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. 30With it he made the bases for the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, the bronze altar, the bronze grating, all the utensils for the altar, 31along with the bases of the courtyard all around, the bases for the gate of the courtyard, as well as all the pegs of the Tabernacle and the pegs for the courtyard all around.–from Exodus 38
Holy Garments for Aaron and His Sons1Next they made woven garments of blue, purple and scarlet, for ministering in the holy place. They made the holy garments for Aaron, as Adonai commanded Moses. 2He made the ephod of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen. 3They hammered the gold into thin plates, and cut it into threads, to work it in with the blue, purple and scarlet, within the fine linen, the work of a skillful craftsman. 4Then they made shoulder pieces for it, joined together at the two ends. 5The artfully woven band on the ephod, with which to gird it, was of the same piece and the same kind of workmanship of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen, as Adonai commanded Moses. 6They placed the onyx stones, enclosed in settings of gold, etched with the engravings of a signet seal, according to the names of Bnei-Yisrael. 7He put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, to be memorial stones for Bnei-Yisrael, as Adonai commanded Moses. 8He made the breastplate, the work of a skillful craftsman, like the work of the ephod, of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen. 9It was square and folded doubled, a span long and a span wide. 10They mounted within it four rows of stones. A row of ruby, topaz and emerald were the first row. 11In the second row were a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond. 12In the third row were a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst, 13and in the fourth row were a beryl, an onyx and a jasper. They were enclosed in fittings of gold within their settings. 14The stones corresponded to the names of Bnei-Yisrael, like the engravings of a signet seal, each one according to its name for the twelve tribes. 15They attached braided chains to the breastplate, of wreathed work from pure gold. 16They made two settings of gold, and two golden rings, and set the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. 17They attached the two golden chains to the two rings at the ends of the breastplate. 18The other two ends of the chains they placed on the two settings, and fastened them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, in the front. 19They also made two golden rings, and set them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the edge that was toward the side of the ephod facing inward. 20They made two more rings of gold, and put them on the two shoulder pieces of the ephod underneath, in the front, enclosed by their coupling, above the artfully woven band of the ephod. 21Then they bound the breastplate by the rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue thread, so that it would rest on the artfully woven band and not be loosened from the ephod, as Adonai commanded Moses. 22He also made the robe of the ephod from woven work, all of blue, 23with a hole in the center of the robe, and a binding woven around the hole as a collar, so that it would not be torn. 24They also made, on the hem of the robe, pomegranates of blue, purple, scarlet and twisted linen. 25Then they made bells of pure gold and put the bells between the pomegranates on the hem of the robe all around, between the pomegranates, 26a bell and a pomegranate, then another bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe, to minister in, as Adonai commanded Moses. 27Then they made the sashes of fine linen, woven work for Aaron and for his sons, 28the turban of fine linen, the headwear, the linen undergarments of finely twisted linen, 29along with the tunic of checkered work, in blue, purple and scarlet, the work of a color weaver, as Adonai commanded Moses. 30Finally they made the plate of the holy coronet from pure gold, and wrote an inscription on it, like the engraving of a signet seal: HOLY TO Adonai. 31They tied to it a blue thread, to fasten onto the turban above, as Adonai commanded Moses. 32So all the work of the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, was finished. Bnei-Yisrael did everything according to what Adonai had commanded Moses—they did it just so. 33Then they brought the Tabernacle to Moses, along with the tent and all of its furnishings, its clasps, its boards, its crossbars, its pillars, and its bases; 34along with the covering of ram skins dyed red, and the covering of sealskins, the veil of the curtain; 35as well as the Ark of the Testimony with its poles, and the atonement cover; 36the table and all of its utensils, the showbread; 37the pure menorah with its lamps to be set in order, along with all of its utensils, and oil for the light; 38the golden altar, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, and the curtain for the entrance of the tent; 39the bronze altar, its grating and its poles along with all of its utensils, and the basin and its base; 40the hangings for the courtyard, with its pillars, its bases and the curtain for the gate of the courtyard, with its cords and its pegs, along with all the instruments for the service of the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting; 41as well as the woven garments for ministering in the Sanctuary, the holy garments for Aaron the kohen and for his sons to serve as kohanim. 42According to everything that Adonai had commanded Moses, Bnei-Yisrael had done all the work just so. 43When Moses saw the entire work, and that they had done it just as Adonai had commanded, Moses blessed them.–from Exodus 39
Will you share them? Will you care for them? Will you train them? Will you exercise them? Will you remain prepared? Will you work to improve? Will you work to keep them up? Will you use them? Will you partner with others so that the effort can be and will be multiplied? Will you call others into service with their gifts and talents? Will you share how it all got started? Will you be engaged? Will you share? Will you care? Will you answer the call? Will you do what you were created to do? Will you live on purpose with purpose for a purpose?
The Word Becomes Flesh1In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it. 6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that through him everyone might believe. 8He was not the light, but he came to bear witness concerning the light. 9The true light, coming into the world, gives light to every man. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him; but the world did not know Him. 11He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. 12But whoever did receive Him, those trusting in His name, to these He gave the right to become children of God. 13They were born not of a bloodline, nor of human desire, nor of man’s will, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John testifies about Him. He cried out, saying, “This is He of whom I said, ‘The One who comes after me is above me, because He existed before me.’” 16Out of His fullness, we have all received grace on top of grace. 17Torah was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah. 18No one has ever seen God; but the one and only God, in the Father’s embrace, has made Him known.
John’s Witness to Israel’s Leaders19This is John’s testimony, when the Judean leaders sent kohanim and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He openly admitted and did not deny; he admitted, “I am not the Messiah.” 21“What then? Are you Elijah?” they asked him. “I am not,” said John. “Are you the Prophet?” “No,” he answered. 22So they said to him, “Who are you? Give us an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of Adonai,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24Now those sent were from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “If you’re not the Messiah, Elijah, or the Prophet, why then are you immersing?” 26“I immerse in water,” John answered. “Among you stands One you do not know, 27coming after me, whose sandals I’m not worthy to untie.” 28These things happened in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was immersing.
Behold, the Lamb of God29The next day, John sees Yeshua coming to him and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the One about whom I told you, ‘He who comes after me is above me, because He was before me.’ 31I didn’t know Him, but I came immersing with water so that He might be revealed to Israel.” 32Then John testified, “I have seen the Ruach coming down like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on Him. 33I did not know Him; but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Ruach coming down and remaining, this is the One who immerses in the Ruach ha-Kodesh.’ 34And I have seen and testified that this is Ben-Elohim.”
Yeshua’s First Disciples35Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples 36and watched Yeshua walking by. He said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Yeshua. 38Yeshua turned around and saw them following. He said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39“Come and see,” Yeshua tells them. So they came and saw where He was staying, and they spent that day with Him. It was about the tenth hour. 40Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John speak and followed Yeshua. 41First he finds his own brother Simon and tells him, “We’ve found the Messiah!” (which is translated Anointed One). 42Andrew brought Simon to Yeshua. Yeshua looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You shall be called Kefa (which is translated Peter).”
Disciples Offer Witness43The next day, Yeshua decided to go to the Galilee. He finds Philip and says to him, “Follow Me!” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter. 45Philip finds Nathanael and tells him, “We’ve found the One that Moses in the Torah, and also the prophets, wrote about—Yeshua of Natzeret, the son of Joseph!” 46“Natzeret!” Nathanael answered. “Can anything good come from there?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47Yeshua saw Nathanael coming toward Him. He said, “Look, a true Israelite! There’s nothing false in him.” 48Nathanael said to Him, “How do you know me?” Yeshua answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49“Rabbi,” Nathanael answered, “You are Ben-Elohim! You are the King of Israel!” 50“Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe?” Yeshua replied to him. “You will see greater things than that!” 51And He said, “Amen, amen I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!”–from John 1