God’s Gift of Your Service


Your work in the mission of God is the Lord’s gift to you.  God’s favour and grace and love for us, along with his purposeful design in our creation, all meet together in the work he establishes for our hands.  So today, embrace God’s gift for you as part of his mission…

6 I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord to do the work at the tent of meeting. 7 But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift.
Numbers 18:6-7

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

What work has God prepared for you to do?  It is often said that God could have taken us all to heaven if he wanted to be with us forever.  He didn’t need to leave us on earth… unless he has something for us to do.  God left us a mission to fulfill in sharing Jesus’ love and grace and purpose with the world,  because God so loves the world.

What work are you to do in that mission of God?

If you have been following along lately, you will have seen that some people (go back through Numbers 16 and 17) were not happy with their work compared to the work of others.  The acceptance of God’s people of the work God has for us to do is paramount to our success in fulfilling our duties in the kingdom.

Maybe this will help.

Your service in the mission of God is the Lord’s gift to you.

If you have teenagers like me, you know that there isn’t a single one of them who considers work to be a gift.  Work is a chore.  It’s a bummer. It’s the thing that gets in the way of my studies (you know you are being fed a line when a teenager uses homework as the excuse to get out of chores). Work is not a gift to us. It is a burden and a necessity and a curse.  Or is it?

If we consider that God prepared, in advance, specific work for each of us to do, and that he fashioned us all to be unique in our part of the Body of Christ, we will see our work differently.

Be careful if you think you get to retire from serving God.  That’s a worldly idea.  You have never done your part back in the day or whatever you think justifies your benchwarming.  Be careful to not only desire the sexy service opportunities.  Someone has to straighten the chairs, wind up the cords, and wipe up the coffee spills.  Don’t get caught in the jealousy and pride of service, which was Israel’s problem during this period of their journey.

God’s favour and grace and love for us, along with his purposeful design in our creation, all meet together in the work he establishes for our hands.

So today, rather than dreading the work God has for you as part of his mission, embrace it as a gift…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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