1 Chronicles 25:1-31 – Let’s Be “I Will” Christians & Not “I Wish Somebody Would” Christians

Posted: June 1, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 25:1-31

Duties of the Musicians

What is it that you are passionate about when it comes to your faith? Is it discipleship of believers who have less maturity in the faith than you? Is it teaching in a small group in your home? Is it teaching in a Sunday School classroom setting? Do you have a desire to start a day care and pre-school at your church so as to serve your community and give people in your church an outlet to raise up a new generation of potential believers in Jesus Christ? Do you have a desire to see an ongoing food pantry be established in your community to serve the needs of the less fortunate and use it to express the love of Jesus Christ? Do you have a passion to bridge the racial divide in your community by creating opportunities to do joint projects with a church in your community that is predominantly of another ethnicity than your church’s predominant ethnicity? Do you want to stage events for the entire town where your church can simply love on the community in which it is located?

Or are you a little less big picture right now but want to serve the Lord in some way? Would you like to serve in a way that is useful? There are parking attendants needed at your church on Sunday. There are greeters needed at your church on Sunday. Do you want to start a coffee and snacks ministry before and between services at your church? Do you want to participate in creating an early Sunday morning contemporary service at your traditional church that’s less formal and do it to reach a segment of town that your church is currently not reaching? Do you want to be a Sunday School teacher or an in-home small group leader? Do you want to start an in-home small group that specializes in reaching out and ministering to people that otherwise are not churched? Do you want to be a part of keeping your church’s people safe during worship services by participating on the security team? Do you want to be part of a medical team that ensures that there is an adequate response to medical emergencies in your church? Do you want to be an usher that serves as an information point and aid to the execution of a high quality worship experience? Do you want to be part of the youth ministry of your church? Do you want to be a part of the children’s ministry at your church?

As you can see, there are a myriad of established ways already there at your church in which you can service in an already established ministry team. Further, if you have a passion to start something new at your church, God’s kingdom needs that also. Don’t let the fact that a ministry at your church does not exist keep you from it. God want us to think outside the box, outside the established ministries, outside the box of tradition when it comes to reaching your community for Christ through your church. The most thriving churches are those that do not wait for the pastor to come up with the ideas. The most thriving churches don’t wait for the pastor to tap you on the shoulder. The most thriving churches are the ones where the congregation is full of people that are passionate for ministry and are not just filling positions because somebody has to or nobody else will do it. There is so much a church can do and so many places to serve when a congregation from top to bottom, east to west, is fully-engaged in the idea of “what can I do”?

That’s the idea that came to mind this morning as I read this chapter in the book of 1 Chronicles. Let’s read 1 Chronicles 25 now with that idea in mind:

Chapter 25

1 David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of lyres, harps, and cymbals. Here is a list of their names and their work:

2 From the sons of Asaph, there were Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. They worked under the direction of their father, Asaph, who proclaimed God’s messages by the king’s orders.

3 From the sons of Jeduthun, there were Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,[a] Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six in all. They worked under the direction of their father, Jeduthun, who proclaimed God’s messages to the accompaniment of the lyre, offering thanks and praise to the Lord.

4 From the sons of Heman, there were Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael,[b] Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s seer, for God had honored him with fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the Lord. Their responsibilities included the playing of cymbals, harps, and lyres at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman reported directly to the king. 7 They and their families were all trained in making music before the Lord, and each of them—288 in all—was an accomplished musician. 8 The musicians were appointed to their term of service by means of sacred lots, without regard to whether they were young or old, teacher or student.

9

The first lot fell to Joseph of the Asaph clan and twelve of his sons and relatives.[c]

The second lot fell to Gedaliah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

10

The third lot fell to Zaccur and twelve of his sons and relatives.

11

The fourth lot fell to Zeri[d] and twelve of his sons and relatives.

12

The fifth lot fell to Nethaniah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

13

The sixth lot fell to Bukkiah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

14

The seventh lot fell to Asarelah[e] and twelve of his sons and relatives.

15

The eighth lot fell to Jeshaiah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

16

The ninth lot fell to Mattaniah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

17

The tenth lot fell to Shimei and twelve of his sons and relatives.

18

The eleventh lot fell to Uzziel[f] and twelve of his sons and relatives.

19

The twelfth lot fell to Hashabiah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

20

The thirteenth lot fell to Shubael and twelve of his sons and relatives.

21

The fourteenth lot fell to Mattithiah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

22

The fifteenth lot fell to Jerimoth[g] and twelve of his sons and relatives.

23

The sixteenth lot fell to Hananiah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

24

The seventeenth lot fell to Joshbekashah[h] and twelve of his sons and relatives.

25

The eighteenth lot fell to Hanani and twelve of his sons and relatives.

26

The nineteenth lot fell to Mallothi and twelve of his sons and relatives.

27

The twentieth lot fell to Eliathah and twelve of his sons and relatives.

28

The twenty-first lot fell to Hothir and twelve of his sons and relatives.

29

The twenty-second lot fell to Giddalti and twelve of his sons and relatives.

30

The twenty-third lot fell to Mahazioth and twelve of his sons and relatives.

31

The twenty-fourth lot fell to Romamti-ezer and twelve of his sons and relatives.

In this passage, we see that there were many ways to contribute to the worship in the Tabernacle, and, later, the Temple. Some proclaimed God’s message (1 Chronicles 25:1). Some offered thanks and praise (1 Chronicles 25:3). Others played instruments (1 Chronicles 25:6-7). The passage demonstrates that God wants all His people to participate in the ongoing daily, weekly, and monthly activities or ministries of the church. In particular, Sunday mornings are a time when many volunteer opportunities exist. You may not be a master musician, a teacher, a preacher, or any of those who are the visible leaders of each Sunday’s service, but there are many ways to serve your church on Sunday. As well, there are other ways to serve that are not on Sunday but are equally important to the eternal impact of your local church. Don’t wait for someone to tap you on the shoulder. If there is a ministry that is consistent with the Christian faith and aligns with the specific vision that God has especially designed for your local church, go for it. Talk to your pastoral leadership at your church and see how the church can assist you but, by all means, for the kingdom of God, go after what He has set your heart on fire to do.

What is it that you are passionate about? What is it that you would love to see your church do? What ministry is missing at your church and you just wish the church would do something? I am here to tell you that your pastor would get a big ol’ fat smile on his face if you came to him and said “this is what I want to do and this is how I plan to do it! Will the church support in my this kind of ministry?” The pastor would smile and say, “heck yeah! the church will support you…let’s figure out what the church can do to help you start your ministry under the flag of this church!” Nothing makes a pastor smile more is to know that it’s not all on him. Nothing makes a pastor smile more than seeing someone so passionate about a missing ministry in your church that they can’t take it any longer and want to go fill that void! Nothing makes a pastor smile more than when he has a church full of fully engaged believers. Nothing makes a pastor smile more than seeing these ministries birth, develop and thrive with similarly passionate people from within your church. What is it that you want to do for your church? Is it to jump in and work in an already existing ministry of your church, that’s awesome! Go do it. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you. Jump in and tell somebody! Is it to start a ministry that does not exist right now at your church? Devise what that ministry would look like, talk to your pastor, and go do it!

Let us be a church that says “I will do…” instead of “I wish somebody would…”

Amen and Amen.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s