My cheesy and ripped-off title comes from a thought I had while reading in the book of Numbers.
“Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the entire Tabernacle and everything in it, including the sanctuary and its furnishings.” Numbers 4:16
Is that all, Lord? Are you certain you can’t dump just a bit more responsibility on this one man than to see that your place of worship is cared for with perfection? But that’s exactly the burden that Eleazar carried.
Personally, I can’t fathom the level of responsibility that The Lord has given to people throughout the bible. Moses was given the task of leading an entire nation of people out of Egypt. Eleazar was part of that Exodus. For Joshua, it was leading the next generation into the promise land. Noah had his ark and Jesus had the cross.
I do, however, understand responsibility assigned by God. There is that which has been written on my heart such as, “do not steal, do not murder.” I also see in the bible that I am to work for my employer as if I was working for Christ, and that I should honor my parents. The bible also teaches me that I am to love my wife as Christ loved the church. Finally there is that still my voice that leads me to do things that aren’t written down yet I “know” that I am suppose to do it – even when it makes no logical sense to do it.
It’s that inward feeling – way down inside that says to turn left when you where planning to go right. It’s that peace that says, “Apply for that job” or to help a certain person. For me, I heard The Lord say, “Show Southwest Georgia that I am not who religion has made out to be.” Connections (the church I pastor), was born out of that word.
Sometimes that voice is specific as it was to Moses. God gave to him the order to have Eleazar care for the tabernacle. I have found that God often grants me vision or revelation and I am left to manage it – sort of like I work for Him. It’s as if I feel Him saying, “I trust you to take care of it.” I seemed to be allowed, in many cases, to bring in my own support staff, use my own ideas and creativity, and my gifts and talents to see it through.
Most importantly is the obedience aspect. Hearing and doing is a big combo with God. Obedience is required whether your feeding your neighbor or planting a church. It’s all the same to God. The word called in the New Testament carries the idea of an invitation. God invites us to participate in what He is doing. I always thought that part is pretty cool. I guess that’s just what a body does – obeys the head. It just seems like it should be more natural than it is.
God uses faithful-obedient people to get things done. Seldom does God call people based upon credentials. My observation is that he is more concerned with a humble and willing heart. Besides, the bible teaches that if we are faithful over the little things, He promotes us.
You may not be called to pastor a church, lead a nation, or be a martyr. But you are invited in some way to participate in this Kingdom. Find out what it is and just do it.