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In the Service of the Lord

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"These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work."—1 Chronicles 4:23.

Potters were not the very highest grade of workers, but "the king" needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord's work, but it is a great privilege to do anything for "the king"; and therefore we will abide in our calling, hoping that, "although we have lien among the pots, yet shall we be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold."

The text tells us of those who dwelt among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do. They may have desired to live in the city, amid its life, society, and refinement, but they kept their appointed places, for they also were doing the king's work. The place of our habitation is fixed, and we are not to remove from it out of whim and caprice, but seek to serve the Lord in it, by being a blessing to those among whom we reside.

These potters and gardeners had royal company, for they dwelt "with the king" and although among hedges and plants, they dwelt with the king there. No lawful place, or gracious occupation, however mean, can debar us from communion with our divine Lord. In visiting hovels, swarming lodging-houses, workhouses, or gaols, we may go with the king. In all works of faith we may count upon Jesu's fellowship. It is when we are in His work that we may reckon upon His smile.

Ye unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers. Dwell ye with the King for His work, and when He writes His chronicles your name shall be recorded.

Charles Spurgeon
 
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Me 2.

I grew up with being told that there is nothing to be looked down upon if its an honest days work. Even if you were a street cleaner or a garbage man (They make good money now a days, but not so much back then). :)

Some look to make the association to Ministry, those in the pulpit, heading the ministries or even those working in any of those areas that are accorded a place at the Wedding Feast. They very well may have their place there. Still, it is those in their every day lives, both in and out of work who toil faithfully doing the will of the Father. Showering the Love of the Lord wherever they walk. The Good Samaritans if you will amongst other actions. Sometimes without even a thank-you. It's nice to remind them of the blessings they too share in. For they too will have a place at the table with the King of Kings!!

Our Father forgets none who are His. Be they Sheppard or Sheep!

YBIC
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