“These were the potters and inhabitants of Neta′im and Gede′rah; they dwelt there with the king for his work.” (1 Chronicles 4:23)

Verses 21 & 22 list the men of Judah and Moab who made these pots. Potters were not the highest grade of workers; in fact, it is likely they were near the bottom in their rank or status. Making clay pots required little in the way of skills compared to those who worked with gold, iron or even wood. The material that the potters worked with was simple clay. Nonetheless, “the king” needed pots. Therefore, potters were in His royal service. Do you ever feel you may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord’s work? I do.

The Great Privilege

So, let’s remind one another of the great privilege it is to do any kind of work that honors or serves “The King.” As we fulfill our assignments keep our minds centered on Him, our love for Him, and our desire to glorify Him and the clay or tools we are often working with throughout the day.

The text tells us that they lived in Neta′im and Gede′rah, a remote area miles away from the important cities of the day. These potters may have desired to live in a city, enjoying its comforts, conveniences and pleasures, but they kept their appointed places, for they were doing “the king’s” work. God has placed us in where we are that we might serve Him.

The Great Master

In our jobs, and in our locations of service we are to seek to serve the Master, by being a blessing to those among whom we serve. I know for me, at times after dealing with government agents who want a bribe before moving one piece of paper to the next desk, or co-workers who complain about “everything,” I find myself saying, “I wish I were back home.” But ours is not to question why—is it? These potters had royal company, for their products over which they daily toiled dwelt with “the king.” No lawful place, or gracious occupation, can debar us from communion with our divine King.

It is when we are in His work that we may see His smile glancing over at us. Be encouraged, for what seem to be simple clay pots have been filled with heavenly treasure. And be encouraged, we all dwell with the King both in His work and for His work. And when He writes his chronicles our names will be recorded.



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.


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