Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments. Leviticus 8:30
Select people get chosen for very specific jobs or positions that are of high esteem or honor to have. In order to get this position or honor, the person must go through some ceremony. In the process of the ceremony, they are set apart for that special position.
One example of this, is the person who becomes a president of an organization or even of the USA. Usually there is some type of ceremony to make it official. They are set apart as an honor.
In some of these ceremonies, there may be special clothing worn, or procedures followed. Each of the procedures represents something towards the dedication being made.
Once Moses had finished having the tabernacle built, he took Aaron and his sons to consecrate them to the office of priests. They and their garments were sprinkled with a mixture of blood and oil from the altar. This caused them to be dedicated to the work of God for the people.
Although today, people no longer use physical blood and oil, believers are still consecrated to the work of God for the people. Every believer has his sins removed by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. He also can have the oil of the Holy Spirit poured upon him to strengthen, guide and seal him to the work of God.
Every believer is to be consecrated to the work of God. This is regardless if they have a titled position, such as pastor, or missionary or no titled position.
Each believer has a work to do for God. God has set up a job for them to do and in order for them to do the job, they must be purified and consecrated to God. They must be set apart for the work of God.
God also has a work for you to do in this world. You also need to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. You also need the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had sent, to guide and strengthen you to do the work He has for you to do.
Have you allowed yourself dedicated to do the work of God?
I pray today that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will be purified for God’s work to be done; and that you will do the work God has for you to do.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20
A young girl named Mary and a young man named Joseph were engaged to be married. While they were waiting for the time to be married, God does a miracle in Mary and causes her to be pregnant. This creates an ugly situation for Joseph, since they are not married. Either they did things together that they were not supposed to do before marriage, or she cheated on him before marriage.
After choosing to quietly divorce her, God appears to Joseph and tells him that what is happened is by His own doing. God tells Joseph to stay with her and that this child will be a savior to the people.
In this popular, well-known story of the Bible, Joseph is asked to do something by God that is crazy. This could look very bad for Mary and Joseph, no matter which path Joseph takes. If he divorces her, she was a bad person and he chose a bad person. If he stays in the engagement, then they both look bad for doing something before marriage they were not supposed to do. Yet, Joseph hears God, obeys Him and trusts Him. The rest of the story is the salvation provided by Jesus.
There may be times in your life when God will ask you to do something that is out of the ordinary and is crazy. From the viewpoint of the world, it does not look safe or wise. However, God is looking from the viewpoint of heaven, above everything. God always knows what is going on and what the best plan of action is.
God’s ways and thoughts are way above anything any person can come up with. God may be asking you to be a witness to someone, who is known to be dangerous. Or to be a witness at your workplace where people don’t like God. Or some other challenging thing to do.
You have a choice to make: Will you follow and obey God, trusting Him? Or will you ignore His request and not trust Him?
Be willing to do the crazy thing God asks of you, it may be what changes the world.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice; that you will trust God’s directions; that you will not fear obeying God; and that God will use you to change this world for Him.
All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. Psalm 64:9
David started out this psalm complaining to God about his enemies and needing help. His enemies were speaking badly about him and seeking to kill him. David knew that God would destroy his enemies and bring them to ruin. Once that happened all the people would fear God proclaiming what He had done and pondering it.
God is at work all the time. He does not take a day off for vacation. Most people do not see God’s hand at work, because they are not looking for it.
People are seen to rise to power and are seen as effective in what they do. Others are very successful at accomplishing something and are seen as very lucky or very skilled. Yet, others are seen to be destroyed and they are seen as unlucky or others as successful in bringing that person down.
Behind all of these is the hand of God at work.
Believers often pray for healing, and then give the doctor praise for the healing. They do not always talk about the work that God is doing.
David said the people would ponder what God has done. Pondering is thinking very carefully about something. The people will look at what God has done and determine what it means.
Everything that God does has a purpose. The main purpose is to bring people to Him and give Him glory. Everything is to point to Jesus and God.
On the surface there are things that may be happening that appear to be out of God’s control, but they are not. There are things that may happen that appear to be the work of man’s hand, but they are not. God is the only one that has true control and abilities.
As you go through your days and see things happening, both in your personal life and the world around you, locally to internationally, ask God to open your eyes to what He is doing. Think about those things that are happening and see how God can be using them for His glory. Proclaim to others what God is doing and how much more He can and will do.
Ponder what God has done and be the witness in this world that Jesus called you to be.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will remember what God has done; that you will proclaim what God has done; and that you will give God praise for what He has done.