Thursday, March 12, 2009
Lessons in Numbers
I am reading in Numbers at the present and am enjoying it which seems strange. Today, in chapter 18 God is talking about the offerings for the Priests and the Levites. I was struck at how God gave the priests "the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain that were given the Lord as the firstfruits of the harvest." In fact it goes on to say that "Everything in Israel that is devoted to the Lord is yours." That is how highly God regards those who minister on our behalf. He sets apart the best. Should we do no less? Giving our best to the Ministers who serve us is what God decided to set apart for the priests and it is what we should do also. The passage goes on to say that it is an everlasting covenant. The tithe is a great starting place but I want to start thinking of ways I can be more of a blessing to the Pastor God has given. It is a blessing to God, His church, and to those who minister to us full time. God says "You must present as the Lord's portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you." Can you imagine what the church could do if believers took that to heart and gave to God first, gave to him the best, tithed as God has taught, and offered themselves and their extra in service to the Lord's work? Imagine how many we could reach with the gospel. Think of it, it is why we are here, it is and should be our focus, to serve the Lord with everything and every talent he gives us so that we can reach our world and go home, finally home, to be with Him!