|Monday, May 22, 2023|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
n 1 Chronicles 23: 28 to 31, the Word reads: �The work of the Levites was to assist the priests, the descendants of Aaron, as they served at the house of the Lord. They also took care of the courtyards and side rooms, helped perform the ceremonies of purification, and served in many other ways in the house of God. 29 They were in charge of the sacred bread that was set out on the table, the choice flour for the grain offerings, the wafers made without yeast, the cakes cooked in olive oil, and the other mixed breads. They were also responsible to check all the weights and measures. 30 And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him. 31 They assisted with the burnt offerings that were presented to the Lord on Sabbath days, at new moon celebrations, and at all the appointed festivals. The required number of Levites served in the Lord�s presence at all times, following all the procedures they had been given.�
We are in a generation that is driven by the possibility of receiving blessings from the Lord and not driven by responsibility. Over ninety percent of our prayers and motivations for going to church are regarding begging God to provide us with one thing or another. The requests are unending. From when we are young to when we are grey-hair our wants are always the focus! Lord, let me pass my exams, please give me this degree. Then please give me a good job and a car. Followed soon after by God please provide a spouse, children, houses, grandchildren - the list never ends! When will you ask God what will I do for you !
Read the story of David; his focus was always on how he could be of service. It is no wonder why God was always promoting and blessing him!
When all of his brothers were at home, he was tending sheep. At the war front his brothers and Saul were watching Goliath mocking God until he killed him. Upon ascending to the throne, his top priority question was: where will I put God�s ark? Then, how do I build God�s temple. Even when God said no he still supplied a substantial portion of the materials needed for the work to be completed by the next. He was a king with the heart of a Levite!
The Bible reference for today spoke about duties of Levites. We read �And so, under the supervision of the priests, the Levites watched over the Tabernacle and the Temple and faithfully carried out their duties of service at the house of the Lord.� 1 Chr 23 :32. From this Sunday onwards, find something to do under the leadership of your pastor (the priest). Stop being a pew warmer. Your inaction means souls are perishing. Join the media, ushering, protocol, evangelical, or instrumentalists team. Give your resources, energy, time, money. Stop being a liability. Be an asset.
Did you read with me that the Levites were singing to the Lord? �And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him. � 1 Chr 23:30. That means you can join the choir.
Have you noticed that most gospel artists developed their talents from being choir member in one church or the other? It is through performing a task and responsibility you discover your talents and gifts.
Working for God goes beyond what we do for God on Sunday, it includes your spirit of providing service for humanity. Serving your generation.
Paul referred to David serving his generation.
�For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:� Acts 13:36
The question the Holy Spirt is asking you today is what are you doing for God? If everyone is idle how will the church move forward? If you don�t give, how will church bills be paid? The Levites have no land, they lived off of offerings. So when you argue about giving- think again!
For those who are busy for the Lord, May the Lord strengthen you and prune you to bear more.
In conclusion, don�t allow The Vine, The Lord Jesus to cut you off for your unfruitfulness. �Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away� John 15:2. Watch out!