As the people of Israel began to build the tabernacle, the Spirit was actively involved with the workers and their project (Ex. 35:31-36:1)-as He was in the Bible's first "construction project," the creation of the world (Gen. 1:2).
The Spirit of God is said to be the source of the many skills and abilities required for the design and construction of the tabernacle-metalwork, jewelry making, carpentry, engraving, weaving, and other related talents. Notice some of the characteristics of these Spirit-driven workers:
. They were men and women (Ex. 35:20-22, 25).
. Their hearts were "willing" or "stirred" (35:5, 21-22, 26), meaning that they were motivated to accomplish the task.
. They were skilled or "gifted" by God to carry out their various assignments (35:10, 25, 34-35; 36:1-2).
. They were generous with their skills, as well as their possessions, in order to get the job done (35:5, 22, 29; 36:3-7), which suggests that they were hard and loyal workers.
. The finished product shows that excellence was a hallmark of their work.
We see that the Spirit gives talents, and also character. How can you demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your workplace (Gal. 5:16-26)? Carefully consider your character, relationships, skills, and productivity in light of these qualities (for help with this, see "Work World Codes" at Col. 3:22-4:1). The same Spirit who was available to the ancient Israelite workers is ready to help you carry out your work to the the glory of God!