The Servant of God 24/7

This is a series of reflections that I sent to my fiancee from my own Bible readings. I have posted them in this blog so that it is easier to keep track for future reflections. 
The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. 3 Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the LORD from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 4 The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD must be tended continually.  Le 24:1–4
The work of the OT priests in Israel is a daily routine stuff. There were sacrifices being done on a daily basis. And based on this passage, the duty of a priest is to keep the lamp in the tabernacle burning. It is a continual job. In fact, because the lamp may burn out anytime, it is more than merely a 9-5 job, it is a job/duty that spans throughout the day.

The implication is this: working for God does not stop. We are 24/7 servants of God regardless of our other identities. At work, we may be employees of our organisation but we only take on that identity when we are "working" on that "full-time" job in office and occasionally out of office. At home, we play the roles of sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, but that happens in the context of a home. It is the identity of a servant of God, or the identity of a child of God that the Scripture demands us to play 24/7, 52 weeks a year.

This means that this identity overlaps with all our earthly identities, and that is the reason why we glorify God, offer Him a living sacrifice in us as a pleasing sacrifice wherever we are. That is why our worship to God takes place even outside of church settings.

And that is why I can tahan shit from some people, not because of my own strength, but because of the strength that stems from my own identity as a servant of Christ - that I need to glorify Him even when it is difficult to do so or when it is pointless to do so.


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