is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; — Numbers 16:9
Is it not enough for you or too little for you? How do you feel about where God has you serving now? Do you believe you deserve more or better? Are you so righteous and holy that you should dictate where, when and how you should serve?
There have been many who have fallen because their ministry has become theirs and not God’s anymore. They have reached that righteousness level where dependence upon God is not priority. A bad place to be but all of us are capable of going there.
On a personal note: one of my greatest fears is that my head will swell thinking that the ministry given to me by God has anything to do with me. I express this to the Lord all the time and pray that He keeps me humble. (That’s another one of those prayers like asking for patience).
The warning is found in Numbers 16. If you are serving the Lord God I recommend you read this chapter.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. — Romans 12:10-13
I don’t know about you but these words are pretty convicting. Reminds me of the verse, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”. I have sinned and fallen short but that gives me no excuse to give up, quit trying. I must devote, be diligent, fervent (passionate), serving, rejoicing, persevering, contributing and practicing everyday these Words of God.
They are all action words that demand I participate in my walk with Jesus. It begins with loving the Lord with my whole being, with all I’ve got. That enables me, by His love, to love others. By loving others I am motivated to serve them, pray for them, contribute to their well-being. In serving I honor others but also our Lord. In Him we find hope and persevere because of that hope.
So honor God today by practicing His Word. His Word is wisdom for life. May God bless your endeavors to serve Him.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.