Have you heard of Zabdi the Shiphmate who was one of King David’s servants who served by being over the produce of the vineyards for his wine cellars? I can’t say that his name jumped out at me before but that might have something to do with how I’m often tempted to skip over those long lists of unfamiliar names in the Bible. But over the weekend I have been reading Loving Well by William P Smith. In it he uses I Chronicles 27:25-31 to point out how there is value in the small things we often overlook as acts of service.
And over the king’s treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jehonathan the son of Uzziah: And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub: And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite: And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baalhanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash: And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai: Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite: And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David’s. (NLT)
I have never heard a sermon preached on Zabdi or Jehdeiah, the donkey keeper, but yet these men’s names were recorded in history in one of the best-selling books of all times. Not because they defeated giants but because they served in ordinary ways.
Although the world’s eyes are often glued on those whose name are in the limelight let us not forget that we each have been called to serve. And to those you serve, what you do matters despite how ordinary it seems.
Side note: Today’s posts wraps up my participation in the blogging A-Z Challenge created by Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out. Thanks to everyone who has stop by and congrats to all the other participants.