Thursday, April 12, 2012

Working together

[1] Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,… [26] These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.
Nehemiah 12:1-26

This section starts off with a listing of the priests and Levities. Woven throughout the list is mention of different jobs/tasks which were performed by the priests or Levites.

~ v 8 “over the thanksgiving” – the directing and conducting of the songs in the temple especially the thanksgiving songs

~ v 9 “over the watches” - watched over the temple

~ v 24 “to praise and give thanks” - (I Chronicles 16:4; 23:30)

~ v 25 “porters keeping the ward at the thresholds” door keepers

Each priest/Levite had a job to do. This reminds me of the body of Christ, each one in the body has a job. We cannot all be the head any more than all being the hand. Like a well oiled machine, each part needs to work together.

I Corinthians twelve provide us with a word picture of the body, each part doing its job.

[14] For the body is not one member, but many. [15] If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? [16] And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? [17] If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? [18] But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. [19] And if they were all one member, where were the body? [20] But now are they many members, yet but one body. [21] And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. [22] Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: [23] And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. [24] For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: [25] That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. [26] And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. [27] Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. I Corinthians 12:14-27

What is your responsibility in the body? Are you doing the job God wants you to do? Don’t compare yourself to others. Pray and ask God want He wants you to do. I praise God for making me who I am.

There was a time (and it still creeps in from time to time) I always worried about not being like this one or that one. Then God spoke to me from Joshua 23:11, “take good heed unto yourself that you love the Lord your God.” When I have my eyes on God and busy doing what God wants me to do, I have no time to look around at others.

Whatever the Lord is speaking to you about, do it! Do the best job you can with what you have.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day,

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