1 Chronicles, chapters 8-11

Have you ever felt eager to volunteer but then in practice, felt out of place, as if you could be doing more in a different capacity?

First Chronicles chapter nine, verses 22-34 explains how the Levites were divided into sub-groups to perform specific duties.
There were the temple gatekeepers, there were those in charge of the temple utensils, those in charge of the bread, and the singers.
These duties were assigned by genealogy and all those assigned had to live in Jerusalem.
It did not matter if one of the Levites wanted to be a gatekeeper instead of preparing balsam oil. They accepted their assignment as privilege and their responsibility as heads of household.

They are a good example of humility and cooperation for those of us wishing to offer ourselves up to God for greater service within his organization.
We should not be picky when it comes to realizing assigned tasks, but see our “job” as an honor and do it whole-heartedly.

1 Kings, chapters 3-6

“[…] In the 11th year, in the month of Bula (that is, the eighth month), the house was finished in all its details and according to its plan. So he spent seven years building it.”
~1 Kings 6:38

King Solomon’s extraordinary wisdom was a blessing from Jehovah (1 Ki. 3:11,12).

Yet, when the time came to carry out the colossal project of building the temple, Solomon did not rely on his own ideas or expertise.
Rather, he humbly put the plans his father David had drawn out for him into effect.

King David had received the plans by divine inspiration through a dream (1 Chron. 28:11,12).
So really, it was Jehovah who was the true architect, and Solomon recognized that.

By not taking creative liberties and altering God’s plan for his own temple, King Solomon set an example of humility and submission.
We, too, should be careful not to overstep instructions in our congregation duties.