Beauty of The Cross24th July 2017
"You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you." - Numbers 18:29
In Numbers 18, God commanded Aaron, his family and the Levites to serve and work at the tent of meeting. God commanded the Israelites to tithe and give offerings, just like we do today. The Levites were given all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance (v21). Then the Levites must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering and eat the rest of it as wages for their work at the tent of meeting (v25). The Levites must present the best and holiest portion to God so they won’t be guilty of accepting the Lord’s tithe from the Israelites. Likewise, we are called to give our best to God. But what does that mean?
Putting God first in my life is one of the hardest lesson I’ve learnt and the hardest thing I’m still learning to do. I say it at church, I say it to my lifegroup, I say it in my prayers but saying and doing is two different things. God doesn’t want my leftovers. He doesn’t want that leftover ten minutes of my day, just before I go to sleep, to fit in a quick bible reading. He doesn’t want my worship to be that thirty minutes every week at the start of every service. He doesn’t want a quick 30 seconds prayer before every meal because I’m too hungry to speak. God desires our best and we honour Him when we put Him first and give our best to Him. Such is true worship that pleases our Lord.
“Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” - Luke 14:27
A pastor that I once heard said our cross is about finding our talent and purpose and using it to build the kingdom of God. I often ask myself what IS my cross? Is what I’m doing what God wants me to do? Is this the right career path? After reading “Living Life - A Journal of Spiritual Formation & Reflection”, I’ve come to understand that it is normal to seek God’s will in these life-defining moments but let’s not forget that we have already been called first and foremost to be disciples of Christ. “The beauty of being His disciple is that our own wills are transformed as our deepest affections are redirected to Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit”. It doesn’t matter if what I’m studying is the right choice or not, the Holy Spirit is working in me and through me. Our confidence in our choices is in God’s promise that God is working all things out for our good and His glory.
The question I need to ask myself now is, is what I’m doing furthering God’s kingdom? Is what I’m doing showing those around me the love and glory of God? Are the choices I make bringing people closer to God?
Dear Jesus, thank you for the choice you made to go to the cross for me. Thank you for your Holy Spirit working in me and through me. Help me find my cross and realise what it is that you have blessed me with to bless others. Help me to use what You have given me to care for the people You have placed in my life. Help me give my best to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” - Robert South