THE AFFAIRS OF THE KING

Today's devotion from 1 Chronicles 25 and 26.

I'm not going to lie. Some of these readings are tedious. As you read through them, you can almost feel your eyes glaze over. All this talk about families and lots and responsibilities are lost on us because they don't affect us. However, if they're this difficult for us to read, then we should consider why they were important enough to write. Why would the chronicler feel compelled to report on all these nuanced issues?

I think the answer is multifaceted. It was important for those families so that their generations could know their role and heritage. It also reveals to us the scope of David's rule and reign. He was a skilled leader who oversaw very detailed tasks. It also helps us to see the scale of the kingdom, the people and their responsibilities, particularly in the area of worship and the Temple. I'm sure we're only scratching the surface.

As I considered all of this, a thought occurred to me. If David was this painstaking in organization and leadership in the area of the Temple and the community, and the chronicler was this devoted to recording the details, should that affect how we see God's work today? I guess what I'm really trying to say is that we should be even more fastidious in the current work of the eternal Kingdom if God led His people to be so focused on stewarding a temporal kingdom.

Yet, I can't help but feel that too many believers in too many churches feel like Kingdom work is something to be dabbled with instead of a task worthy of being invested in. I'm trying to be very careful not to relate this to the church alone, but I think the church should be included. Do we take the Kingdom work of the church (which is eternal) as importantly as these did those things that were designed to pass away?

Oh, yes, I mean that. The temple was designed to become obsolete in the shadow of of the cross, and Jerusalem was destined to be replaced by a newer and better model that is yet to come, but the Kingdom and the Church, Christ's beautiful bride, are eternal. Shouldn't we, then, think them worthy of our best efforts and most passionate service?