“And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister to Me as priests” (Exod. 30:30 NKJ).
When we hear of ministry, we often think about serving those around us as we do God’s work. But there is a higher ministry than this, which God wants us to also fully embrace. In fact, it should be our first ministry before anything else. This higher ministry is not ministering to men, but ministering to God Himself.
Does God have needs? Certainly not! So what can we give to Him? Aaron and his sons were ministering to God in the priest’s office. They offered sacrifices to God such as the burnt offerings that were made in the morning and evening of every day. But God does not eat the flesh of bulls or goats. The sacrifices that these priests were offering were only a shadow of the real sacrifices that God really wanted that are now shown to us in the New Testament. We are told, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15 NKJ). Worship, praise, and thanksgiving are spiritual sacrifices that are pleasant to God. You have a royal priesthood and are called into a higher ministry, to minister to God continually by giving Him what touches His heart.
How does God call those in Christ who bring the real spiritual sacrifices He wants? See John 4:23.
APPLY THE WORD
Solid ministry to men is founded on a well-grounded higher ministry to God. Cultivate a culture of worship, praise, and thanksgiving at all times. Could you take a minute and just offer unto God thanksgiving right now for the blessing you have in Christ?
Thank the Lord for making you a royal priesthood, a true worshiper.
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