The Levites Who Forgot Their Job
I finished up last week by expressing how important it is that we take our responsibilities seriously. Let me share an example of why I feel that way. Aaron and his sons were set as priests to minister to the Lord and before His people. Over time, two of Aaron’s sons began to see the holy and important things of God as common. This led them to abuse the things of God. Take a look at this scripture from Leviticus 10:1-11.
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: ” ‘Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’ ” Aaron remained silent. 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.” 5 So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered. 6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt, and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the house of Israel, may mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire. 7 Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting or you will die, because the LORD’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said. 8 Then the LORD said to Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 10 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.”
Too Whom Much is Given…
I can only imagine that Aaron and his family had mixed feelings about acting as the priests for all of Israel. I’m sure they were honored. I’m sure it was an incredible moment when the anointing oil was poured on them, but I’m sure that on some days, they just didn’t want the responsibility that came with it. I think that we struggle with the same things. We enjoy the leadership positions. We enjoy fulfilling our passions, but there’s responsibility that comes with it.
…from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
God doesn’t make mistakes. Nadab and Abihu were supposed to be in the position they were given, they just began to diminish the seriousness of their calling. You have been given gifts and talents with design. You were given each of those areas with purpose. Have you found your purpose? Have you forgotten your purpose? Are you abusing the things given to you?
To Sum it All Up
Every ministry at our churches is important. Every one of them deserves our attention. Every one of them deserves our best. We must treat our God and His commandments for our lives as holy. We don’t light the fire for no reason. We must remember the awesomeness of our God and treat our service to Him and for Him with high regard.
Don’t forget what your job is….