NO UNIMPORTANT TASKS
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10b, NKJV)
God loves us all, no matter how rich, poor, educated or uneducated we are. He sent Jesus to die for all of us, no exceptions. This reminds me when I was a boy in Massachusetts, the small Swedish church I attended held a celebratory service in honor of the church janitor. The congregation showered Mr. Svens with gifts and gave tributes to his faithful service.
Those who attended described how he arranged the church for regular and special meetings, cleaned the building thoroughly, set the thermostat for a comfortable temperature, and added special touches to create a welcoming atmosphere. Through this experience I learned there are no unimportant tasks in a church assembly.
Fast forward a quarter century when our family took its turn in preparing a church plant in Utah for Sunday services. Like David of old (Psalm 84) we performed janitorial services in the house of the Lord. Though David was a king and our family would earn many advanced degrees, we both made serving the Lord a priority.
Serving the Lord in a task thought low by some,
You’re a child of the king and not a poor bum.
Like David of old, we worked in God’s place.
In a church building, a home for His grace.
No task a child of God does for the Lord is unimportant.
- What does it mean to be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord? (Psalm 84:10)
- What lowly tasks in the local church do you perform? (See 1 Corinthians 12:14-30)
- How can you honor those who perform services for the Lord that seems less important?