Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lesson from Leviticus

Lesson from Leviticus

As I read through the not-so-exciting (at least to me) portions of Leviticus and make my way through all the rules and regulations for the people of Israel (especially for the priests), it occurs that I’m learning some things about God that I would otherwise never know. God is concerned about some things that I would normally think are trivial (failing to add salt to offerings Lev 2:13) and I’m concerned about some things that aren’t nearly as important to God (the sound quality of my own voice singing).

That leads me to what I think is a really important conclusion—I was made for God; God was not made for me! "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." - Rev 4:11

I think that’s essential wisdom to sanctified living and some today refuses to recognize this. Consequently, to some, God is his servant rather than him being God’s servant. You hear it in statements such as, “God wants you to be happy. God wants you to be successful. God wants you to reach your full potential. God wants you to be rich.” Can you see how this all focuses on me?!

Yes, He loves me more than I can imagine (Eph 3:19).  Yes, He cares for my stresses and anxieties (1 Pet 5:7).  Yet, God doesn’t exist for me.  He did okay before I came along (John 1:1-2) and I’m pretty sure he will be able to function when I’m gone.

It changes your entire focus in life when you acknowledge that you are God’s servant. You are a follower of Jesus Christ. Your objective in life is to please Him (2 Cor 5:9). Check out the first statement in each of Paul’s epistles. He regularly began by making it clear that he was a servant of God and/or Jesus Christ (See Romans 1:1). He existed to do God’s will and so do we. Recognition of that one fundamental reality changes the focus of our entire life.

Pick up Leviticus for a minute and may your life be changed through this awareness today.

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