PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Leviticus 22-24
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Treat with respect… my holy name; do not perform my service… with contempt.” (Leviticus 22:2,9)
I would not have had the stomach to live or be a priest in that time and place.
To sacrifice animals, or to take part in stoning sinners, would be hard for me.
There are a lot of details in this passage that no longer apply in the new covenant.
We do not have priests, make sacrifices, celebrate festivals, or stone sinners.
But as I read this, I sense the Spirit of Jesus speaking to my heart.
The underlying message seems to be, ‘respect Me, don’t treat Me with contempt!’
As a Jesus follower I am also called to serve my God with respect and seriousness.
We are under the law of Christ, which calls for deep respect for God and people.
I only have two laws to follow: love God and love people.
But these need to be followed as seriously as the old covenant commands were then.
Do I behave as if God were not present, do I ‘say my prayers’ in an empty way?
Do I speak of others with unfairness, do I ignore those who are in need?
How I treat God and others today is my service, and I need to take it seriously.
Take some time today with Jesus to do a ‘performance review’.
Lord, You have saved and called me for a special task. You have blessed me with Your Spirit and many gifts to bless and serve God and others. Help me to take my job seriously, and to perform my service with respect!