Building for the King: Lessons from Huram-Abi

Several efforts and plans were put in place for the task of making a dwelling place for the Most High. It was a very serious work and Scripture records that stones used for the building were first of all pre-finished at the quarry so that no noise was heard at the building site.

My focus in this piece is on a man who got the contract, alongside some others, for the job of building the house of Yahweh. His name was Huram-Abi. His mother was from Dan and his father from Tyre. Let us look very briefly at the personality of Huram-Abi and see what lessons could be gleaned from the life of a man who like us was enrolled in the service of a King. God is building a temple. We are builders with Him and we have to be careful how we build.

1. A man of Great Skill

Hiram, the King of Tyre who recommended Huram-Abi for the job stated that the man was a man of great skill. Huram-Abi was not mediocre. His skills were not ordinary.

Photo Credit: Matthew Gidley via flickr

Because God is your Creator and the source of your potentials, you are not allowed to be mediocre. It is a taboo. Everything that God made was good not average. God does not make something that is manageable. He makes things that are beautiful. The Psalmist confessed that God had made him beautifully and wonderfully. That is true for you too. Mediocrity is a taboo for a pursuer of Purpose. You should say that to yourself every time you have to handle a task because becoming excellent begins with an attitude of excellence. You have to be great at what you do. You have the capacity to be the best not in comparison with others but in comparison with the potentials that you have.

2. A man of adequate training

It is also in Huram-Abi’s curriculum vitae that he was trained to work in gold, and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. That’s a lot of training!

You cannot be effective in your service in the court of our King if you have not passed through adequate training. I mentioned the Quarry site earlier. God trains his servants. You have to submit yourself to that training to be anything in His hands. The training may be intense; sometimes painful, but it will be worth it. I have found that God’s training is not usually limited to just your spirituality. I believe God trains you to become competent in the area of Character as you conform to the image of his Son. The training also builds in you skills for the pursuit of your life assignment.

3. A man of experience

Huram-Abi was experienced in all kinds of engraving and could execute any design given to him. Experience comes as you put your training to use. It is not enough to know. You must apply your knowledge to acquire some experience of its truth. In the service of our King, versatility is of essence. Versatility is a product of experience. Instead of sitting idle, go for training, and acquire experience.

4. A team player

Huram-Abi was to work with Israel’s craftsmen. All of his other qualities would have been rubbished if he did not know how to work with others.

Wanna fulfill purpose? how much of a team player are you? Photo Credit: Pink Sushi via flickr

Nobody succeeds alone. Championships are never won by a winning player- they are only won by a winning team. John Wooden said, “The man who puts the ball through the hoop has ten hands.” You have to be able to work well with other labourers in building for our King. You will accomplish only a fraction of your potentials alone.

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” Halford Luccock.

Thus, it is necessary, that you overcome any kind of insecurity, pride or lack of confidence in people. In the words of John Maxwell, it takes teamwork to make the dream work.

Huram-Abi was a cross-breed, an identity that was not very welcome in His days. Yet, he rose to become a man of relevance. Whatever your excuses have been, they are not good enough. You were made to make an impact. You should not settle for any less!

This piece is dedicated to one of my favourite bloggers, livelytwist’s Timi Yeseibo. As you add a year to your life, may you continue to inspire and bless the world!

©2014, Alabi AimPurpose IfeOluwa
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2 thoughts on “Building for the King: Lessons from Huram-Abi”

  1. I was reading and really enjoying this post. The part about excellence meaning doing ordinary things extraordinary well resonated. Only for me to get to the end and see that it’s dedicated to me! Oh my! Thank you so much. You cannot know how much this means to me at this very moment in my life. It is God-sent. Keep doing what you do, telling us about how to find and fulfill our purpose. 🙂
    p.s. what’s the Bible reference?


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