Chapter nine gives us a glimpse into how the Temple operated. In verse 22 we see that some men were chosen to guard the gates. Some of them were responsible for guarding the utensils used in the Temple. Some were chosen to take care of the furniture. Some, the flour, wine, oil, incense and spices. Some of the priests took care of mixing the spices. One had the job of baking the bread used for the offerings. Some men had the job of preparing the special bread that was put on the table every Sabbath day. And there were musicians.
Each had a job…a calling.
Think of all the activity in the Temple. It was a very busy place. And with all this organization, it probably ran very well.
Our churches today have various jobs and responsibilities that must be filled. And just as certain men were called to fill jobs in the Temple, I believe that whenever a job needs to be filled in the local church today, God supplies the right person. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. 12His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ…”
Do you have a job in your church? My personal belief is that we are not called to a local church for the sole purpose of warming a seat on Sunday mornings. There is something for you to do, a responsibility to fulfill. If you don’t know what that might be, ask your pastor or other leader. I’ll bet they can find just the right spot for you.