Read 1 Chronicles 24
Division of Aaron's sons; the number and offices of the singers; keepers of the treasures chosen.
Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men . . . to minister in the House of the Lord (I Chr. 26:12).
Four thousand Levites were appointed as porters to be guards and gatekeepers of Solomon's Temple. They were responsible for opening and shutting the heavy gates, warding off attacks, and excluding those who were unclean. It was a great honor to be assigned to protect the House of God.
God is a God of order, and He calls specific people for specific tasks. These various porters represent the Christian who has an appointed place and service in the Lord's work. God has a specific calling that He provides for the life of every believer. We are not all called to the same thing. There are many offices to be filled in the kingdom of God working on earth (I Cor. 12:28-31).
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand . . . If the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye . . . If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? . . . But now are they many members, yet but one body (12:14-20; 28-31). The comparison in the Word of God is made to to the human body. Different parts have different functions. If all of us did the same function, there would not be much getting done. However, because of the diversities of callings and gifts, great things can be accomplished by the Body of Christ.
In the service of God, it is not right to murmur or to be proud or jealous. God has a call to place on each one of us. God has gifts to anoint each one with. No work in the kingdom of God is less important than another. God has chosen each of us for a certain purpose. We should be thankful to God for choosing us and thankful to Him for choosing others that they might serve alongside of us. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase (3:6).
Desire only to be led in the path and position of His choice! The best place to find yourself in life is to be in the center of God's will. There is nothing in life we could create for ourselves that would be better than that. So when God calls, give everything to obey that call. Follow Him with all your heart and soul.
And He gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12).
Thought for Today:
God gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.
Through the Temple treasures (I Chr. 26:20-28).Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:2-3). In Christ are treasures of wisdom, knowledge, and riches to supply all a believer needs (Phil. 4:19).
24:2 executed, served in; 24:5 divided by lot, lots were cast to determine the will of God (Prov. 16:33); 24:19 orderings, schedules; 25:5 lift up the horn, sound the trumpet.
Pray for Government Official: Rep. Brad Miller (NC) • Country: Ecuador (13 million) in South America, crossed by the equator • Major language: Spanish • Religious freedom • 91% Roman Catholic; 3% Protestant • Prayer Suggestion: Beseech the Lord in intercessory prayer for others when you have questions (Ex. 32:11).
Optional Reading: 1 Corinthians 6
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 8:9