Would You Rather?
Who is your favorite sports star? Is it a quarterback or a pitcher? Who gets the most praise for a win or the most criticism for a loss? Typically the quarterback or the pitcher. We tend to glamorize these positions on the team, but the truth is they are only one-ninth or one-eleventh of the team. Without the rest of the team, they are useless.
The Levites were the consecrated family in Israel. Instead of taking the firstborn of every family in Israel, God arranged the Levites to represent all the firstborn in all the nation. Their proximity to God was an honor. The Levitical family was arranged around the Tabernacle as a buffer between the glory of God and the people. They were tasked with the responsibility to serve God especially with the transportation of the Tabernacle. The sons of Gershon were responsible for transporting the curtains and coverings. The sons of Merari transported the frame and structure of the Tabernacle. The sons of Kohath transported the furniture. Compared to the sons of Aaron, their responsibilities could seem inferior, but it’s only our selfish human nature to glamorize certain positions.
Instead of glamorizing a certain gift, glory in your privilege to serve God as He created you. In your church, you may doubt your usefulness because you aren’t someone you consider “more important,” but your place is vital in the body! Paul reminds you of your importance based on the fact: God chose you and placed you in this body. “Now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body” (1 Corinthians 12:18-19)? God has set you in the body. If you don’t fulfill your part, then the whole body suffers.
In Psalm 84:10, the worshiper says, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God.” Rejoice in the privilege to serve God regardless of the details. He doesn’t need any of us, but His glory is magnified when He uses the foolish things to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty things of this world (1 Corinthians 1:27).
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
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