Exodus 35:31-32, 34

The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others.

Have you ever heard the statement, “Jack of all trades, master of none?” That means that a person claims to know everything and dabbles in a lot but has not become an expert in any particular area. What makes a person invaluable to an organization is that he or she masters one particular aspect more than anyone else. Every one should have a general understanding of other areas but there should be one thing you have mastered. Each of us should strive to be an indispensable linchpin in our organization. The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization. He or she is the key player, the one who’s difficult to live without, the person you can build something around. She solves problems that people haven’t predicted, sees things people haven’t seen and connected people who need to be connected.

When Moses was called by God to build a tabernacle for God to meet with his people he sent an indispensable linchpin, an artist named Bezalel. He had some characteristics that we should also have if we are going to be indispensable.

1. He was filled with the Spirit of God. If you are going to do something for God it stands to reason that you should be filled with his spirit. You should be inspired by God to do what he’s called you to do.

2. He had great wisdom. Wisdom is not just knowing something it’s the ability to know and to act with the discernment. One of the first thing Solomon asked for as a new leader was wisdom. I Kings 3:7-9

3. He had ability. He could do what he was asked hired to do. It sounds elementary but are you able to do your job and to do it in an excellent way? Like TI sang, “I don’t want no mediocre!” Mediocre is merely a failed attempt to be really good.

4. Expertise. Nobody should know more about what you have mastered than you. Everything that needs to be known about your area of specialty should be known by you. In his book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell says It takes 10,000 hours of study to master a particular area. What have you spent 10,000 hours in?

5. The ability to teach your skill to others. Jesus told us to make disciples of others. It doesn’t make any difference if you have mastered something if you don’t have an apprentice. Leadership is influence. If nobody is following you then you are not a leader. If you have not taught anyone your skill than you have not mastered you have minored.

Dear God,

Help me to master in the area you have called me to. I don’t want to be mediocre. I want to be the best in my field. I want to teach others what you have given me. Help me to make my organization, church, business better because of the focus I give to my work. I want to give my best for your house. Bless the work of my hands. Give me wisdom, ability, and expertise.

In Jesus Name,