Stayed

1 Samuel 30:24
“For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.”

A very important principle is being taught in this verse that can help every church or organization if every person involved will adhere to this principle. David and his men were pursuing the Amalekites because they had taken their wives and children captive. There came a point in the pursuit when some of the men were too weak from the journey to continue. David unloaded all the belongings they had and charged these men who were too weak to continue to stay by their stuff.

After the battle was over and the wives and children were rescued, they returned to where these men were who tarried by the stuff. Some of the men who fought in the battle didn’t think that these men who stayed behind were deserving of enjoying the spoils from the battle. David immediately stepped in and said, “…but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.” David wanted his men to know that everyone was important to his army, and these men who stayed behind were as important as the men who fought in the battle. Four vital principles are taught in this story that can help every church if employed.

First, every job is important. David knew that these men who tarried with the stuff were as important as the frontline warrior because these men who stayed behind took care of those things that would have hampered the warrior. Never underestimate any position in the church. There are no unimportant jobs in the church. Many people will be hurt if you treat what they do in the church as unimportant.

Second, somebody has to care for the stuff. The Scriptures don’t tell us what stuff these men cared for, but that stuff was important to David. There is always stuff that has to be cared for in the ministry. Stuff work may not be glamorous, but important people must take care of it. You will always realize the importance of the stuff work in the ministry when the stuff work is left undone. Somebody has to do the stuff work in the ministry to keep the church functioning to God’s standard of excellence.

Third, staying by the stuff is as important as fighting. David made it a policy in Israel that those who stayed by the stuff were rewarded like the frontline warrior. In church work, the janitor is as important as the pastor, and the nursery worker is just as important as the choir member. The person who works behind the scenes is as valuable to the work of the LORD as the frontline position that everyone sees. Just because you think your job is important to the work of the LORD doesn’t mean another’s job is of less importance. Not everyone can be on the platform of the church; someone has to stay by the stuff in the backgrounds. You would be wise to recognize the importance of every person and position in the church.

Fourth, be careful about belittling the reason for staying. These men who stayed behind didn’t have the endurance of the frontline warrior, but they were still important. There are some in the work of the LORD who just can’t do as much as they used to, but what they can do is still important. Always be thankful that people are still willing to stay by the stuff even though their strength doesn’t allow them to do what they used to do and what they wish they could do.

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