Wednesday, August 31
At the Lord’s command through Moses, each was assigned his work and told what to carry. Numbers 4:49
By Rebecca Dauksas
Being a child of God and a follower of Christ is the most incredible privilege in the world. How amazing that we are called to serve the Creator of the universe and His Son! But sometimes the jobs that we do for the LORD can seem insignificant, unpleasant or down right gross. Let me explain. I am a youth worker and I love it. The time I have spent with youth has been amazing. But no one told me that there would be tasks involved like unclogging the youth room toilet. Not my favorite task and probably no one else wants that one either. But it is necessary.
In Numbers 3 the tribe of Levi was given to assist Aaron the priest and his sons. They were to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle. They were to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle. The Levite clans were counted and then they were given their specific tasks that they were to carryout. Literally to “CARRY OUT”. They were physically carrying, taking care and showing proper respect for the furnishings and the tabernacle itself. This is where a person’s attitude toward their acts of service is so important. Imagine what enters the mind of a Levite Gershonite when he is told about carrying curtains. He can think, “Curtains, I don’t want to carry curtains along with all that other stuff to load on carts. The other clans have much easier jobs than this.” Or he can think, “I am thankful that I can help move the tabernacle so we can have the LORD’s place of worship to be the focal point everywhere we travel.”
We should be thankful for the opportunity to carry out God’s work and have a positive attitude while we perform that work. We have this chance every time we serve God and others. Remembering that whether our acts of service are big or small, if they are performed because we love God and others, those tasks have real meaning.