February 1

Leviticus 8-10, Psalm 32

When I started my walk with Christ almost 30 years ago, I used to view my life with Christ as pieces of pie. As I read every day I gave Him a slice of the pie. Prayed more consistently, another piece. Over time I realized this whole thought process was wrong. If I am to be truly set apart, then the Holy Spirit must be like the filling of the pie, not pieces. This filling must permeate every facet of my life: home, work, all relationships, etc. if I am to live a life set apart for His service. In 1 Peter 2:5-6, 9-10, we read, “Coming to Him as a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…But you are a chosen generation. A royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” We, who are filled with the Holy Spirit are His holy priesthood. Though we do not perform ritual sacrifices, as God’s holy priesthood we too must be set apart for service.

We read in these chapters in Leviticus how the priests were consecrated or set apart for service. In Leviticus 8, we read how Aaron and his sons were consecrated or set apart for God’s exclusive use. In Leviticus 9, we see the priestly ministry begin. Throughout this passage, we read over and over again, “as the Lord commanded”. The priests were not rogue but vessels to be used by God. It’s important to realize that the priestly duties were twofold: to go before God and represent the people, and to go before the people and represent God. In Leviticus 10, the conduct prescribed for the priests are described.

We, too, must keep that in mind. We come before God in prayer and intercede on behalf of others. But we also go before people evangelistically, in service, in what we choose to speak about and represent God. Consider Colossians 4:5-6 ” Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”. As God’s holy priesthood, like the Levitical priesthood we are to “do as the Lord commanded” and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the calling.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato