This morning as I was reading through the Word, I came to the passage where David and the Levites are bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. (This was attempt #2 after the EpicFail oxcart incident.) They were making quite a worship celebration of this. In the midst of the descriptions of who was blowing trumpets and who was crashing cymbals and so on, on verse caught my eye. In 1 Chronicles 15:22 we read, "Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it." (NIV, emphasis added)

My first thought was, "of course he was, it only makes sense." My brain then countered, "just because it makes sense doesn't mean that's what happens."

How often do we, as leaders, ask someone to take on a responsibility that isn't a fit for their skillset? Sometimes we do it as a way of helping them grow, but often it is because they are a warm body who have indicated a desire to help. Conversely, how often do we take on a job ourselves that isn't a good fit because, as a leader, we think we need to be seen "leading" in our congregations, even if our leadership strength is elsewhere.

It is something to think about as I recruit volunteers...and as I choose what responsibilities I'm willing to take on.

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Comment by Worship The Rock on June 11, 2009 at 1:37pm
Good point well made Dan!
Comment by Junjie on June 13, 2009 at 3:56pm
Too often we here stories of people who somehow or other bypassed their lack of skill, and these incidents are presented to us as the ideal or the norm. And there will be those who accuse us of moving in the flesh when we pay attention to mundane and practical matters such as skillsets.

Well, I judge such thinking by the fruit... :)
Comment by Dan Camp on June 13, 2009 at 5:03pm
Junjie--
There you go, being pracitcal again with that whole "Judging by the fruit" thing {GRIN}.

I think we need to be reminded sometimes that God, in addition to being God of the Big and Miraculous, is in fact also God of the mundane and practical ;-)

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