I give your priesthood as a gift.
Numbers 18:7b (ESV)
Do you view your service to God as a trial or a gift? Do you serve because you have to or because you get to?
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:5b-6 (NKJV)
In the Old Testament, much was expected of the priesthood. The processes and procedures outlined in Leviticus and Numbers seem endless. To most, this would seem a great inconvenience compared to the rest of the tribes of Israel who were left to live according to the law without having to worry near as much about it as the Levites.
But, like God set apart Israel as a chosen nation, He set apart the Levites as a chosen tribe. A priesthood. A gift of service to Aaron.
As we approach our churches on Sundays – and many throughout the week – do we look at our service as work or a gift? Our attitudes about what we do and why we do it will go far when it comes to our effectiveness in ministry no matter what area(s) we serve in.
In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NCV)
Daily Bible reading: Numbers 18-20, Mark 7:1-13