This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and carrying: They shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the tabernacle of meeting with its covering, the covering of badger skins that is on it, the screen for the door of the tabernacle of meeting. (Numbers 4:24-25)
Hearkening back to something we have discussed before, the primacy of the firstborn, it should be noted that the Gershonites were descended from the firstborn of Levi. Nevertheless, they are given what some might suppose is a less honorable task than that of their brothers, the Kohathites. However, that is not to say that it was less important because, without the curtains and different coverings, the holy furniture would not have had a place to rest when the congregation settled into camp. Thus, without what some would deem as less noticeable, those things that are more noticeable could not serve their function.
Plain and simple, some are appointed for more visible tasks and some not. Yet when each member of the Body is functioning in their own purpose, God’s overall plan is served and all the people are blessed. So then, we must all be content to function in our purpose and not disdain what God has called us to do — whether anyone else notices or not. In short, we are not to seek recognition from men, even though that goes against everything within us. When Paul wrote unto the Thessalonians, he mentioned that, when he was among them, he did not “seek glory from men, either from you or from others” (2 Thessalonians 2:6). Messiah taught that we should not seek honor from men but “seek the honor that comes from the only God” (John 5:44).
There is not a soul alive who does not want to be appreciated — that is something embedded within each of us. Still, we must be careful not to let that innate desire dictate our attitudes and actions. Everything we do should be to honor our Father and serve His purpose. If people notice, so be it; if they don’t, remember all we do, we do as unto the LORD. So if you’re feeling that you’re not getting the recognition you need, maybe you’re looking in the wrong place. Learn to be content in what life is presenting to you, knowing that faithfulness in little things will be rewarded by the One who notices all.
Blessings and Shalom,