“And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. “ These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.”
Numbers 4:15 NKJV
“If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?”
I Corinthians 12:15-19 NKJV
The Levites were divided into designated positions based on families. Aaron and his sons were the priests,and were able to interact with the holy things of God. The sons of Kohath were the ones who carried the items from place to place. They were not allowed to enter in and handle the holy. As I read this passage this morning, I thought of the roles in the modern church.
When I first began to attend my local church called Grace, I started my ministry by filling in name tags for the singles group. It was a great opportunity to begin serving the Lord and learning people’s names. It was a humble beginning, and to the casual observer, not very important, but it was the most significant work I would ever do. It created a desire to be faithful in my service to the Lord.
The sons of Kohath were humble in the tribe of Levi, but they had a role that was essential. Without them the hard work of moving the tabernacle from place to place would not be possible. In being faithful to their job, they helped to support the whole.
The children of Israel are a type and shadow for the church, as we who are the saved believers in Jesus are organized in the Body of Christ. My name tag writing made me a point of contact for people coming to the class. Often the first smile many saw.
At many large churches, there are greeters who welcome people as they enter the building. It creates am atomosphere where strangers will welcome, and opens hearts and minds for the presentation of the Gospel.
Every role in the body of Christ is essential, just as every part of the human body has a an essential role. If even the smallest part of the body is not functioning as it should the whole is disrupted. Many a seven foot basketball player has been sidelined because of broken little toe.
Those Levites were fixed in their roles, and could not step beyond their station. Until David, even the king had to stay in their lane. When Saul sought to perform a sacrifice, it eventually cost him his kingdom.
“So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him.”
I Samuel 13:9-10 NKJV
Those of us in the body of Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit, who hs given each of us a gifting. He has given us a special power to be used according to His will.
I am an encourager, as He has given the gift to raise the spirits of others and to exhort them to good work. He has also given me a passion for interscession, as I pray for many. Even with our giftedness, we are not frozen, as the Lord has the power to equip us for anything.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
Jesus has given us the ministry for the moment it is needed. Say you are presented with a person in need of salvation, you are given the gift of an evangelist, or you encounter a brother or sister in crisis, you are given the gift of encouragement to say the right words at the right moment that make all the difference. God empowers us for the needs of the Kingdom.
As Jesus prepared the disciples for their ministry after He would leave the scene, He told them that they need not worry about what they would say when confronted because of the Gospel.
“But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
Matthew 10:19-20 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, do not worry about the days that are coming, but decide today to serve now, while there is still light. Go forth and serve in your local church, or ministry. Even the small things are significant to God who will reward you. We are in a time when warming the pew is not a option.
Due to this time of pandemic, I serve from my chair, and I pour all that I have into it. God has turned my quarantine into a ministry.
Serve anyway you can, as all roles are essential to the work of the Body. Be sensative for those moments when the Lord presents an opportunity to tell of the Lord’s goodness. You just might be sharing with that person closest hell.
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