In Israel, God set apart an entire tribe to tend to and take care of the tabernacle. The Levites were tasked with gatekeeping, treasuries, guarding, furnishing, blending spices, baking bread, and making music among other things. Each man over the age of twenty had a responsibility to the temple.
But I’m just a normal person.
No, you’re not.
He has made us his Kingdom and his priests who serve before God his Father.
Revelation 1:6 (NLT)
We are His temple and we are also the priests that serve the temple. Accepting the gift of salvation also means the acceptance of your assignment as keeper of the temple. There is a place for every single person to serve in the Kingdom of God. Like in Israel where no Levite was exempt from service, neither are we exempt.
Read through 1 Chronicles 9:22-34. Everyone got their assignment. Do you have yours?
Your assignment may not be a visible role in the church. It may not even be in the church at all. Since we all (the global Church) are the temple of God, to serve the Church as a whole is to serve the temple.
Did you know that there is a sixth element to ministry? We only ever hear about five.
He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Ephesians 4:11 (NLT)
Yes, we know all that. But read on.
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12 (NLT)
The responsibility of building the church is not on your pastor or teachers. It’s on you. Yes, you! Our pastors and teachers are there to equip us to do the work of the ministry—our assignments, whatever they may be.
If you are sitting there without a clue as to what you’re assignment may be, get your Bible. Read it. Pray. Ask God to show you what you can do in your role in the ministry. Pray that He would reveal to you your position in the temple, the body of Christ.
Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 8-10, John 8:37-59