Sunday, August 28, 2016

1 Chronicles 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 27. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Verses 1-15 tell us the names of the commanders of King David's army.
  • Most of the people who were given leadership positions in David's army are those who faithfully stood with him and fought for him previously (see 1 Chronicles 11:11-47 and 2 Samuel 23:8-39).
  • In verses 25-31 we get a list of the administrators of David's property.
  • King David's "official records" (verse 24) were historical documents that no longer exist.
  • In verses 32-34 we read of David's cabinet members.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Bible is God's book, a "holy" book. As such, you might assume that the people mentioned in it would all be those who had very "spiritual" roles to play in God's story, like priests and prophets. But this chapter is devoted to people who had what we would consider "secular" jobs. (They didn't work for the "church".) Why? Because the truth is that everything is spiritual. We learn in the Bible that everything we do should be done for God (see Colossians 3:23 and 1 Corinthians 10:31). That means when you go to work each morning, no matter what your job is, you should consider yourself to be working for God, and as a representative of God at your workplace. And it means that whatever you do, it is important.
  • Some of the people mentioned in this chapter are only mentioned in this chapter. We might assume that there are significant "stars" in God's story (like David, or a pastor of a big church today) and that others are insignificant, but no, everyone is important and has an important role to play in God's story.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • When you're at your job, do you do what you do for God? Do you think of Him as your true boss? Do you feel like your work really matters because of that? Well, it does. Everything you do is spiritual, and it should all be for God. That's awesome news, because it infuses meaning into everything! So, how can you start to have this outlook as you live your life? Who could help you?