“And some of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices” (1 Chronicles 9:30
When God told Moses to set up the Aaronic Priesthood, each and every male of the Tribe of Levi had a specific task to perform in and around the Tabernacle and in the worship of God. So it is today in the Body of Christ, the Church.
Paul wrote in Romans 12:4, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office.” Then in 1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-31, Paul uses the different parts of the human body, such as the foot, ear, eye, and hand to show the need of different parts carrying out their assignments to complete the functions of the body as a whole. He concludes in verse 22, “Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary.” So, every person in the Body of Christ has a gift, or a talent, that God uses in His Body, the Church, to complete the functions of His Church. Study Romans 12:3-21; note the different gifts or measure of faith given to each member of the Church; each one being different, but each one being vital to the whole.
But many times, those who represent the big toe in the Body are counted as lesser citizens in the House of God. However, try walking with one of your big toes broken; then you will see how important the big toe is to the balance and walking of the body. Therefore, every gift, every position, is all-important in the body, or God would not have placed that gift in you and placed you in the House of God.
So it seemed with the job of the sons of the priest who were given the task of making the different ointments with spices. Their task seemed so insignificant, until you read God’s instructions of how the ointment would be made, and why it would be made, in Exodus 30:23-38. Both the how and the why it was made were very important to God. In fact, they were so important to God, if His instructions were not followed, the makers would be cut off from the people. Read this account to see the value of the holy anointing oil used to anoint, to consecrate, the High Priest and his sons, the Tabernacle and all its furniture and vessels; and of the perfume used in the Holy of Holies before God Himself.
So as it turned out, the ointment makers had a very important role in the worship of God. What is your assigned task in the House of God? What is your gift? Are you following God’s instructions (Romans 12:3-21; Ephesians 4:12-16)? Or are you jealous and envious of someone else’s position and gift in the House of God? Do you know the value of your own position and gift in the Body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 12:1-28 proves that no position, no gift, is insignificant in the Body of Christ. If you are jealous or envious of another, the problem is not your position or your gift; but if you are not faithful to your position and gift, you are the problem; not someone else’s position and gift. 1 Corinthians 12:22b says the feeble members are necessary. So every position and gift are necessary.
Therefore, stop looking, complaining, and worrying about others in the House of God, and commit yourself to be faithful in your position and gift; for you are necessary to God.
It matters not how others may view your position and gift. What matters is if you are faithful to Christ, the Giver of your position and gift. Wherein you can lift up your head and magnify the Head, Christ Jesus. Remember it is Christ who died for you and placed you in His Body as He pleased (1 Corinthians 12:18).
Hey, “Big Toe” – you are important!
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