DEC 15

Leviticus 22:18-25
Memorise Philippians 3:14
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God”

In our passage today, God taught Moses the manner in which the people of Israel were to bring their sacrifices to God. Their sacrifices were meant to seek God’s forgiveness of sins committed and God required them to be prepared in a very specific way. The particular detail that was required in our reading today is that “there must be no blemish” found in the animals. This means that the animals must not have any scars or be born with some kind of deformity or imperfection. In that sense, it has to be perfect. That was what God required. There are some reasons for this. Firstly, the sacrifice was meant to be a “type” of Christ; meaning, it was meant to represent Christ. As God required a perfect sacrifice for our sins, in the same way, Christ was perfect and completely free of sin and hence His death was sufficient to take away our sins forever. Another meaning that can be drawn from this requirement is the fact that the person who brings the sacrifice would need to bring the best from his fold. Of all the animals he had, he had to choose the best. This would mean sacrifice on his part as such an offering would be costly. The sacrifice can also be understood as our service to the Lord.

Often times, we bring God our leftovers. We serve the Lord only during our free time, we treat serving God as a recreation or leisure activity to be replaced when something “important” crops up. Our main pre-occupations, our studies take first place. Our friends, hobbies and favourite leisure activities are more important than what God calls us to do. This should not be the way to serve God. God requires the best from us. Just as He required sacrifices without blemish, He expects that we give Him our best efforts. We should serve Him with the best of our efforts and resources. We should do as good if not a better job than what we do in other areas of our lives. We often forget that serving God is actually the highest order of work we can do. We should feel privileged that God even finds us worthy to be His servants. May we understand the significance of the high calling of serving the King.

Thought: Why does God bother to call us to serve Him?
Prayer: Father, help me to see the privilege of serving You.