Leviticus 21-23, Psalm 37
How seriously do we take being a child of God? In our daily to-do list where exactly do we place God in our list of priorities. Many say they can’t read their Bibles because it is too difficult, or they don’t have time, or when they finally open it at night in bed the next thing they realize was they fell asleep. Many say they can’t make it to church because of other priorities, such as their kids activities, etc. Paul said in Philippians 3:20, “For Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ,”. Do we act and prioritize like our citizenship is on earth or heaven? If we say heaven, are we effective and diligent ambassadors for Him?
Over and over again in these passages we see God commanding His people to be set apart or holy. Today, in chapters 21 and 22, He will focus on the priests and the offerings. We read in Leviticus 22:1-3, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they do not profane My holy name by what they dedicate to Me: I am the Lord. Say to them: ‘Whoever of all your descendants throughout your generations, who goes near the holy things which the children of Israel dedicate to the Lord, while he has uncleanness upon him, that person shall be cut off from My presence: I am the Lord.”
We can never forget we are God’s holy priesthood, as we read in 1 Peter 2:9-10, “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.” As such we should never forget this, that we are God’s ambassadors or representatives before others. As such, we should live lives consistent with that calling. When it comes to what we offer, do we give God our leftovers, or our best. Do we read our Bibles and pray with the TV on, at night when we’re half asleep. Or do we choose the best time possible so that we are alert and giving Him our best. Do we give Him a small portion, or do we abide in Him throughout the day, seeing all the opportunities that He is giving us to evangelize, fellowship, serve, give, etc. God sent His best, His Son to save us. What we offer can not come close to this, but we should consciously offer Him our best.
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