Exodus 40:1-15 (NRSV)
The Lord spoke to Moses: On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. You shall put in it the ark of the covenant, and you shall screen the ark with the curtain. You shall bring in the table, and arrange its setting; and you shall bring in the lampstand, and set up its lamps. You shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the covenant, and set up the screen for the entrance of the tabernacle. You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. You shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court. Then you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture, so that it shall become holy. You shall also anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, so that the altar shall be most holy. You shall also anoint the basin with its stand, and consecrate it. Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting, and shall wash them with water, and put on Aaron the sacred vestments, and you shall anoint him and consecrate him, so that he may serve me as priest. You shall bring his sons also and put tunics on them, and anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests: and their anointing shall admit them to a perpetual priesthood throughout all generations to come.
Today we read about the many ways that Moses and the Hebrew people were instructed to anoint and consecrate holy spaces and things.
While we still do this in our churches, it occurs to me that this side of the cross all Christians have been anointed and consecrated by the Holy Spirit to do the work of ministry as we share the good news and make Jesus' name famous everywhere we go!
Sometimes, I fear that we forget how important our ministries really are! We are sent out by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to let people know that Love gave Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sin and gift us with eternal life!
This is wonderful good news that is too good to keep to ourselves. (It would just be selfish--giggles!)
God is good (all the time); and all the time (God is good!)
Will you be the hands of Jesus today, as you share the love, joy and peace of Jesus--in word and deed--with those in need?
If so, please pray with me:
Great and Glorious God, how I praise your name! You are wonderful and beyond compare! Please forgive me of my sin and fill me with the Holy Spirit. I know that Spirit's anointing and consecration makes the difference in my ability to effectively share your good news message. I love you and I want everyone else to love you too! I pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
If you have questions about how to become a friend and follower of Jesus, please see the devotion entitled, “Come to Jesus” @ http://bit.ly/JVhaL