Doing my job
My job as a teacher encompasses more than instructing in the great field of mathematics and building relationships with students. I also supervise students unloading busses, guard restrooms, take money at ball games, mentor younger teachers and so on. No matter the grade level or location, every teacher wears a variety of hats. Every teacher must also carry out his or her responsibilities for progress to be made and for safety to be insured. The same is true in many work situations.
The same is also true in the Church. I was reminded of this truth in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles.
“Some of them were in charge of the articles used in the temple service, they counted them when they were brought in and when they were taken out. Others were assigned to take care of the furnishings and all the other articles of the sanctuary, as well as the flour and wine, the oil, incense and spices. But some of the priests took care of mixing the spices. A Levite named Mattithiah, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with the responsibility for baking the offering bread. Some of their Korahite brothers were in charge of preparing every Sabbath the bread set out on the table.” 1 Chronicles 9: 28-32
The work for the temple was divided up among the Levites each according to their family or skills. Mattithiah must have been a great baker for the job of cooking the offering bread to be assigned to him.
The roles in the church have changed through the years but one truth still holds- we all have a role to play. After the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit came down and began to give every believer a special gifting. Some of the gifts include teaching, leadership, hospitality, encourager, and so on. Just as it occurs at school, every believer must carry out their roles for the church to be what God intends it to be.
My heart is saddened to see so many Christians who meticulously carry out their duties at work yet come into the Church with a ‘sit and get’ mentality. My finger doesn’t point at others without first pointing to my own heart and asking- do I serve God as I have been called and gifted to do? The Church needs the gifts of all the Jesus followers to blend together and lift us Christ and spread his word & love as we should.
Lord, I want to do my part to serve in your church. Guide me. Show me where I need to pitch in and make me better at what I already do. Amen