(1 Chronicles 9:26-27 ESV) 26 for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the treasures of the house of God. 27 And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning.
God, in His infinite wisdom, has appointed and anointed the necessary laborers to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of His kingdom on earth. 1 Chronicles is a detailed historical accounting of the genealogies and responsibilities of the clans and families of Israel.
Verses 26-27 introduce us to the four chief gatekeepers. We know they were Levites, and were given a very important task. They lodged in the house of the Lord and were entrusted with the responsibility of watching (guarding) and opening the treasures so they could be accessed for the work of the Lord. They faithfully performed this function everyday. Their eyes were used to see any inherent dangers, and their hands were used to open the chambers of blessing to those in need. Eyes to see… Hands to help!
At first glance, it doesn’t seem to be a very important task. But, the word “entrusted” heightens the value of the task. Their involvement kept the treasures safe, but also served as distributors of spiritual blessings.
When Donna and I were first married, we took on responsibilities that were natural extensions of who we were. For me, I took it upon myself to check the thermostat at bedtime, make sure the doors were locked, the lights were off; the things that would allow us to go to bed with a sense of security. I still do those things. Donna has her own list of responsibilities that she just naturally does. Both of us act within the perimeters of our “gifts” and provide a service that is beneficial to each other.
Truthfully, we have become so accustomed to benefiting from each others contributions that we take them for granted. I know what she contributes will get done, and she would never even think to lock a door because of her confidence in me to get it done. It’s a nice arrangement!
For me, the greatest take away from this passage of Scripture is the implied faithfulness of the Levites. They were like the Energizer Bunny. They just kept doing what they were asked to do. Everyday. Every week. Every year. No complaining. Just consistent service; doing the things they had been asked to do for the glory of God.
What do you contribute to the Kingdom of God? Your family? At your work place? Is it high profile or barely noticeable? Just be faithful! You never know when your faithfulness will result in someone else’s breakthrough!
PRAYER: Father, thank you for my calling! Even though it is not as visible as others, it has its place and purpose. Help me remain faithful. Don’t let me miss the opportunity to open the chambers that will produce blessings in the lives of others. Amen.