1 Chronicles 26:12 Every Job Is Important

Sweeping the floor

These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had. 1 Chronicles 26:12 

Titled positions in a job are often very important to most people. If the position does not have a good sounding title, it does not appear to be an important position.

It is common for people to think about positions in a job as not being very important. They are at the bottom of the ladder in the company and so are often looked down upon as a nobody. As they are looked at as a nobody, it is often common the individual feels that he is also a nobody, no on important or of any real value.

As the writer of the Chronicles writes, God leads him to list the names of those working in the temple. One of the groups listed was those of the gatekeepers, the men who stand and watch the doorway, guarding the temple.

Being a guard is often looked at as a menial job, with no real value. It is like the one who is a janitor and just sweeps floors and picks up garbage. He is not a CEO or president, no one really important. Yet, God chose to write their names down for all history. It was an important job.

In the church, there are positions that are not in the lime-light. They don’t seem to be very important. Sometimes this can be working in the nursery, being a greeter, or cleaning the floors and the toilets.

Many people want the high profile, fun positions with a great title. They want to be the head deacon, usher, worship leader, lead instrument, or one of many other profile, titled positions. They don’t want to be the one working in the nursery, teaching a young children’s Sunday School class, setting up chairs, or sweeping the floor.

Every position in the church has a reason and an importance to it. Every position in God’s kingdom also has a reason and an importance to it.

God has a job for you to do. It may be something that is high-profile, but most likely it is a ‘small’ job, that is hidden behind the scenes. Either job is just as important. If no one was to clean the floor, worship would occur in a filthy place.

Work in your position as unto the Lord and with joy. God can use you where you are at, when you are doing His work.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do His work with joy; that you will know the value in doing God’s work; and that you touch the lives of many people for God. 

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1 Chronicles 9:22 The ‘Little’ Important Jobs

Buckingham palace guards

Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. 1 Chronicles 9:22 

There are many jobs in this world, that the majority of people look down upon because they are ‘little’ jobs. They are jobs that take no real talent to do or that no one really wants to work. They have no real status in the world and make very little pay.

A gas station attendant, a fast food worker, a janitor, a store greeter, and more are a few of the jobs that are not considered great jobs to have. Most people strive to avoid these types of jobs. They want to be doctors, lawyers, and other high profile, high paying career positions.

As the author is listing the genealogy of the people, one of the lists of the people are the gatekeepers to the camp. They were to guard the gateway into the camp day and night. This was to prevent any of the enemy from entering the camp and causing any problems.

The position of the gatekeeper was not the high profile position of priest, or worker in the temple, but a lower, but much needed, job. While this position was not high profile, God saw fit to put their names in His book as being important to know.

In the church there are many different positions. Not everyone can be the pastor or the high leaders in the church. Someone needs to work at cleaning the toilets or vacuuming the floors. These are the behind the scenes workers with no high profile and are often not thanked enough, yet are much needed.

In God’s kingdom there are a lot of different positions needed. Some will be the high profiles, such as the Billy Grahams, while many will be the unsung heroes who work with no known credit behind the scenes.

God has a job for you to do in His kingdom. It may or may not be a glamorous job, but it is just as important. There is no ‘little’ job in God’s kingdom, all are important. God wants to list you as one of His great workers.

Be willing to do what God has for you. Do it with a joyful heart, knowing that you are doing it to please God and you are building His kingdom.

I pray today that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do the work He has for you; that you will do His work with joy; and that God will build His kingdom through you.