The hospital is the last place from which I planned to kick off the new year but here I am! So I feel that my desire to stay focused is already being seriously challenged. Life is full of distractions both from around us and within ourselves.
It always helps to remember how short our time here really is. Hospitals are good reminders. In the same half hour I hear the sweet lullaby announcing a new life and a code red warning the end of another. With such a small unknown amount of time it seems best to have a clear cut understanding of what God is calling us to do and a vision for how to get it done.
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.
Revelation 1 5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister untothem?
The one thing we are all called to is to minister to the Lord in worship. If we can get that part down, the rest follows more easily. Making time in our schedules and space in our minds for worship is often the hardest part. Once we understand that we have been called and set apart for Him and we make ministering to God a priority, things start to happen. The grip that our flesh and the world has on us stats to weaken and a passion for God starts to take over. Then the fun really begins! Our hearts and minds are opened to the things of God and His Kingdom and one day we wake up and the fires of His altar have utterly consumed us and we are left with a joy and love that is contagious and we leave that altar and carry His presence to everyone around us in the working out of our Earthly missions.