Read 1 Chronicles 26
Focus on verse 8
In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul exhorts the church at Corinth not to distain those members of the church who serve in what seem to be lesser positions, stressing that every member of the body is important for the body to function properly. This is the first time I have notice this principle hidden away in the Old Testament, although in this case not in the form of an exhortation. Here it is more of an assumption that each one had his duties to perform – for the tabernacle, the king and ultimately for the nation to function in obedience to God, each person had a specific duty to fulfill.
It would seem that there was little distinction in regard to whether one was a gatekeeper or a musician, or a street sweeper or a judge, they were all considered critical duties for the nation to be successful.
This principle does not come naturally to us as humans since we all have a tendency to believe that the universe revolves around “me”. Selfishness and pride are perhaps the most foundational vices that cause us to undermine and destroy each other. What we fail to realize is that we would all be much more successful if we would use that energy to build one another up and work together. When we work together making the other more important than our self – everybody wins. When we undermine and tear others apart for selfish gain, everybody loses. Isn’t it interesting how biblical principles seem to be effective in nearly every aspect of life?