Serving God in the Mundane
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I have been reading through the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles the past several weeks, and I must confess to you, I usually skip over the genealogies! But for some reason, I decided to plow through them.
What blew me away was how many times there were a brief description attached to a name listed. It became apparent to me that some of these men served God even in the midst of the mundane. Some were listed by name, but some – well they were listed by what they did:
“And their kinsmen were obligated to come in every seven days, and in turn, to be with these, for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levities were entrusted to be over the chambers and the house of God. And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it (the house of God) every morning.
Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out.
Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, the spices.” 1 Chronicles 9:27-30
A guy named Mattithia, was entrusted to make the flat cakes 1 Chronicles 9:31
Some of them were responsible to for the showbread, “to prepare it every Sabbath.” 1 Chronicles 9:32
Then there were the singers – “they were on duty day and night.” 1 Chronicles 9:33
If you ask me, directing the choir, leading the drama team, singing in the praise team, or a whole host of jobs seem to be much more fun and fulfilling.
But God who is into minutia and goes into great detail, inspires the writer of these the Old Testament books to put the DVD on pause in a boring list of genealogies, and gives honorable mention to some men who faithfully are serving God in the midst of the mundane.
Some of you may be right there. You think no one notices the little things that need to be done but are not necessarily the things that everyone even takes notice of.
Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound.”
Eugene Peterson paraphrase my life verse this way: With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
If you are serving the Lord in the mundane be encouraged today. We all need you! And more importantly, God is honored in your service to Him. – Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick.
Think About This: The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson – American Football Coach, Player, Executive and Broadcaster
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25