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.