This post is essentially an invitation to Mike Mather to comment.
Mike is pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where he spends a great deal of his energy trying to devise ways to name and proclaim the work of God in the lives of the people in his neighborhood and congregation. A year or so ago, he shared with me the book he wrote about his approach to ministry.
And today, while reading my morning scripture, I thought of him when I read this passage from Exodus 31:
Then the Lord said to Moses, “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 ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:
The skills and work of these men is itself a gift of God. Their vocation is in working with metal and stone and wood. Every worker has been given his or her ability from God, which means our ordinary work is itself a means of glorifying God.
Or that is the thought that Mike and Exodus put in my head this morning.
(The title for this post comes from one of my wife’s favorite Carrie Newcomer songs.)