Set aside to minister
In Deuteronomy 18:1-8, we have the record of the priests and Levites being set aside to the service of God and the people. I do not know with any certainty that God intended this situation to be a type of the position that Christians occupy in the world. However, I do believe that we can draw some important lessons from the circumstances of the priests and Levites with God.
• The Levites were to receive no inheritance in the land. I am reminded of this portion of a well known song: “This world is not my home, I’m just a’passing through.” The men and women of faith declared that they were seeking a country, but it was not on this world (Heb. 11:13-16). Brothers and sisters, we have no inheritance here (Heb. 13:14. If we lay up treasures here, there will our heart be (Matt. 6:19-21).
• Their inheritance was the Lord. I know that through God’s blessings, we live pretty well here on this earth. But we do not belong here. We do not fit here. We are wanderers waiting to arrive at ou “long home” (Heb. 10:36-40). Men on this earth, even some in the church, will “think it strange that we do not run with them to the same excesses” (1 Pet. 4:3). A faithful Levite did and a faithful Christian does “set his affection on things above” (Col. 3:2). Our inheritance is the Lord in every way:
- We are his adoption (Gal. 4:5-7).
- Our life, by choice, is hid in him (Col. 3:3)
- Our path, our very footprints are found inside of his as we step where he stepped (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 1 John 1:7).
- For us to live is for Christ to walk the earth once again (Phil. 1:21; Gal. 2:20)
- Our purpose in life is His (Luke 19:10; Matt. 20:28).
- We strive so much to be him in our earthly life that he will bless us to be like him in our glorified body (1 John 3:2-3).
Brothers and sisters, the plight of a servant is indeed blessed because He in our inheritance. Make me a servant, Lord, make me like you.