The Ministry of the Kingdom
“David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals…” (1 Chronicles 25:1 NIV)
King David organized his kingdom. The Bible lists all the men who fought under him: men whose names are obscure to us, but were important to the king. David also organized the priesthood in preparation for the day when the temple would be built, and there were designations for those who would be responsible for the incense, the altar, and the sacrifice. David also looked after the music, indicating the instruments and singers to be employed, and establishing the choir. Then there were those who wrote songs. All of this was determined by the gifting of each person involved. Every need was considered and met in the kingdom of Israel. This included the need for gatekeepers, with a detailed account of who would serve where, because they needed security to guard against the enemy. David organized everything so that the people had their tasks and accomplished them for the glory of God.
Notice that the names mentioned in the Bible are not those of the people who made money or who were famous in the theater in David’s day. The ones mentioned are those who had something to do with the work of the Lord, because that’s what’s important to God. Everyone in Israel realized they had something to do; and it is the same in the body of Christ today. Everyone has a role to play, whether it is that of a Sunday school teacher, missions ministry worker, choir member, usher in a church service, security team worker, someone who cleans the sanctuary and turns on the lights, a driver who picks up the elderly so they can attend services. This is in addition to the apostles, elders, deacons, teachers, and evangelists mentioned in the New Testament as necessary for the building up of the body of Christ.
Are you involved in the work of the Lord today? If so, don’t grow weary in well doing, but continue giving your best to Christ. And if you feel you could be doing more, spend some time today seeking the Lord about how you can put your talents to use for the extension of his kingdom.
Read 1 Chronicles 25:1-8.