Dedicated Servant

Dedicated Servant

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Leviticus 8: Insights from the consecration of Aaron, Israel’s first high priest, and his sons

 

Public ceremony in front of God’s people (verse 3)

  • Worship: As servants of God, we must value the need for corporate, congregational worship on a weekly basis. With our collective presence, we can experience God’s presence in a special way that we cannot experience individually when separated from one another.

 

  • Accountability: God’s priests are to God’s people. It is not enough to say we are accountable to God; we often need to explain ourselves to the church, to those we serve – God’s people should hold us accountable. This is part of our how we remain humble and not lord it over those we serve.

 

  • Support: We need the spiritual, moral, and sometimes financial support of the church. We cannot be effective without their ongoing support as they pray for us, stand with us, give to us, serve with us, and encourage us in so many other ways.

 

Need for cleansing by water (verse 6)

  • The servant of God needs to constantly cleanse and develop character, using the Word of God – what the New Covenant calls “the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26)

 

Priestly garments: clothing for body; crown for head (verses 7-9)

  • Garments: righteousness of God; on Aaron’s chest – precious stones with names of 12 tribes near the priest’s heart, as their intercessor. As a servant-leader of the Lord: appreciate the righteousness of Christ; keep your team members close to your heart, and intercede for them regularly.

 

  • Crown: The Lord’s servant is rendering service to the King of Heaven. You belong to a royal priesthood, devoted to royal service.

 

Drenched in anointing oil (verse 12)

  • When Moses anointed his older brother, Aaron, he did not dip the tip of his finger in oil and touch Aaron. Here is what that anointing with oil looked like: Psalms 133:2 “It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.” Moses used a lot of oil that soaked Aaron in what seemed like a bucket of oil!

 

  • Anointing oil: Israelite priests and kings were anointed with oil. The Hebrew word for “anoint” or “anointing” is the same word for “Messiah”, which means “anointed one.” The oil represents the Holy Spirit coming on the person so anointed. That meant the anointed person was no longer operating in their own strength as they serve the Lord. As the Lord’s servant, you must always rely on and draw from the Holy Spirit and His power. On your own, you will crash and burn and burn out in just a matter of time, push back, disagreement, or confrontation. If you operating in the power of the Spirit, you will be renewed from within, and you can keep going when the going gets tough in ministry.

 

Two rams (verses 21-22)

  • First ram: sin offering; purification from sin. Be aware that you have been purified from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ, more effective than the blood of a ram. This is why God calls you righteous: your sins have been forgiven and removed by the sacrificial offering of the Jesus Christ, the ram or lamb of God.

 

  • Second ram: consecration; dedicated to sacrificial service. Remember, this is the “second ram;” the Lord’s servant must never seek to be first – that spot has been taken – it belongs to the King and His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). We, servants, are second, third, or lower. The miracle of effective ministry is found in our humble posture.

 

The blood applied to right earlobe, right thumb, and right big toe (verses 23-24)

  • Right ear: hearing. God’s servant must listen to God, who will communicate to instruct His servant. You must listen to the people we lead, so you can be responsive to their needs.

 

  • Right thumb: doing. Whatever we put our hands to must bring honor to God.

 

  • Right toe: balance; walk with God. The Lord’s servant must not be a person of extremes: avoid taking partisan sides, backing yourself into someone’s ideological corner. Stand with the Lord, who is impartial in order to uphold His truth and character. God’s servants must walk with God in shining bright integrity.

 

Unleavened bread and wave offering (verses 26-27)

  • Unleavened bread: purity. We need to cultivate unmixed motives, so we can host a pure heart that sees God. Stay clear of moral pollution and corruption.

 

  • Wave offering: surrender; praise. We must surrender our lives to the Lord. We must be given to lifting our hands and hearts in praise to the King, regardless of what happens in the ministry.

 

One final sprinkling with anointing oil and blood (verse 30)

  • Anointing oil: Holy Spirit. It cannot be spoken enough: you need the presence and power of God’s Spirit. Under the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit is in us, but He should also be on us.

 

  • Blood: everlasting covenant. Never forget that the only reason we quality to serve is the covenant we have with God through the sacrificial blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

The lyrics of the following hymn capture what it means to be a dedicated servant of the Lord. Make this hymn your prayer of devotion as you dedicate yourself to serve the Lord on the ministry team of your church this year and beyond.

 

Take my life, and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my hands, and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love.

At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only, for my King.

Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;

Not a mite would I withhold.

Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my love, my God, I pour

At Thy feet it’s treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee

Ever, only, all for thee.



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