Today’s Reading: Numbers 5-8
Today’s Reflection: Numbers 8:23-26
23) And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24) “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. 25) And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. 26) They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.”
Today’s text makes clear that there is a season for your service.
One of the key principles of Kingdom Living is timing. God brings people into being at specific points in our world’s timeline to do specific works, fulfill prophesies and ultimately to advance God’s Kingdom on earth. Noah, Abraham, Joseph and Moses were all at the right place and the right time to do what God had called them to do (as Jesus would also be). Most importantly there was a specific beginning AND a specific end to each person’s season of service.
While there can be great issues when someone delays the start of their season of service, there are even greater issues when someone delays the end. In our world today we see constant generational conflicts in government and business. Unfortunately we often see it in the church as well. We see clashes between traditional and contemporary thinking, and between old practices and new technology. This discord happens precisely because people in service (what we call leadership today) refuse to see their appointments as seasonal. They are unwilling to let go of positions of power and authority once placed in them.
If leaders in the church understood that their time for service was finite:
– They would use their time and energy to develop other people into future leaders rather than for trying to hold on to their positions of power (almost always to the detriment of the organization)
– They would understand that attempting to extend their own season of service would be delaying the next generations’ season of service. Since these seasons are ordained not by man but by God, attempts to hold onto power directly oppose the new things God is seeking to do through His church.
By the same token, verse 26 shows that once a leaders season of service is over, they still have a role in ‘keeping guard’. Past church leaders have a legacy of wisdom up and coming leaders should recognize and respect. They can provide guidance to ensure the integrity of God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are maintained. This way the wisdom of experience can support new leaders moving into their own God ordained season of service.
Esther 4:14 (b) – “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”