I Chronicles is not a book I flip to when I’m looking for inspiration or a quieting prayer. I trip over the chapters of genealogies and keep glancing at my reading schedule, wondering when Matthew will ever get here.
But even the hard-to-read books of Scripture hold challenges relevant to our lives.
I Chronicles 9:29-34 is one of those passages. It is a short account of appointed responsibilities in the house of God and who was charged with what task.
Verse 29 begins, “Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary…” (KJV)
Pause right there. What have we been appointed to do? What tasks has God given us this day, this week? With what attitude do we do them?
Overseeing vessels and instruments in the sanctuary seems like a trivial task. How about making the ointment of the spices (verse 30) or keeping inventory of the flour, wine, oil and other spices (verse 29)? If that job posting opened today, I doubt many of us would rush to sign up for it.
Yet these details were important enough to merit an account in Scripture. These small tasks proved vital to the efficiency and order in the house of God.
I think we often grow so focused on doing something “big” for God that we trip over the little things like our attitude toward a set of circumstances or a task we don’t especially enjoy.
Yet God cares about our response to appointments great and small. We see this again and again in Scripture (emphasis added):
- Let all things be done decently and in order. (I Corinthians 14:40, NKJV)
- Do all things without complaining and disputing. (Philippians 2:14, NKJV)
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)
- And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17, NKJV)
- But you be watchful in all things … (2 Timothy 4:5, NKJV)
Helen Keller, famous for overcoming her deaf and blind condition to become an author and lecturer, understood this truth. She once said:
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
What small things can we do this week as if they were great?