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.
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
Most people love to talk, some more than others. With a lot of talking, things can be said that should not be said. Often it is words said in the heat of the moment that people regret or hurt others with. Other times it is planned words that are spoken that can do a lot of damage.
Words of condemnation, hatred, jealousy, and ridicule come out of many mouths. They lash out in order to hurt or damage someone’s reputation. At times they are true statements, while other times they are exaggerated or false. It is often seen in the news of a person who has been falsely accused of some crime, only to learn later that he was innocent. Once the accusation has been started, there is no turning back. His reputation and credibility is destroyed.
Children often grow up with extreme pain in their hearts and minds from words said by parents in anger. It is difficult for people to get past the spoken word.
The mouth is one of the most powerful parts of a person. With the mouth a person can be raised up, and with the mouth a person can be destroyed.
David knew the power of his mouth and words. He also knew that, alone, he could not control his mouth. He needed God’s strength and guard to keep his words right.
Think about the words that have been spoken to or about you that have hurt. Now think about the times you have made statements to someone or about someone that you regretted afterwards.
Allow God to place a guard over your mouth to keep you from saying the wrong things. Fill your heart and life with the things of God. Keep praise and worship in your heart and on your lips at all times. Out of the overflow of your heart, your mouth will speak. This will keep the wrong things from coming out of your mouth.
What words are building up in your heart?
What will you allow your mouth to say?
I pray today that you will allow God to guard your mouth; that your heart will be filled with God; that your words will be the words of God; and that you will use your words to build others up and bring them to God, rather than destroy them.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
Paul is closing out his first letter to the Corinthian church. He gives his last final advice to them as a warning and as an encouragement.
First, is to be on guard. As a believer, the world will be against you. Satan wants to get you to fail or stop believing in Jesus. You have to be ready for the enemy when he shows up. You also must be able to recognize the works of the enemy. If you are not awake and watching, (as Jesus stated), you will be caught off guard and tripped.
Second, you are to stand firm in your faith. You must know what you believe and stand on that. Do not allow the world or others change your views on who Jesus is and who you are in Jesus. Yes you have messed up in the past but you have been forgiven and are now a child of a King and are being saved.
Third, you are to be courageous. In this life you are in a war. It is a war for your soul and the souls of everyone else. There are two sides to this war, God’s and Satan’s. You must be willing to face the enemy when he shows up. Know that God is on your side and you will win in the end. Do not fear the roaring lion of the enemy. Do what needs to be done for God.
Finally, you are to be strong. With God all things are possible. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. God has filled you with His Holy Spirit to give you the strength that you need, now use it, stand in it. Do not back down. You have already run part of the race, do not give up.
Victory is coming. The war is almost over. Know that you know that you know you are saved and you will win the war against the enemy with God on your side.
I pray today that God will help you see the tactics of the enemy; that you will not waver in your belief in Jesus; that you will have courage to face the enemy; that you will be strong in the Lord; and that God will bring you the victory.