https://youtu.be/O-xgHUo77Ws Why? This may be the most often asked question in our world. As a…
I have often wondered why I was created the way I was. I have physical aptitude when it comes to home improvement but I have no ear for music. I love sports but I have little to no interest in video games. I had no choice in my nationality, the era in which I was born, the type of body I have or the family I was born into. These are all characteristics that were chosen for me by my Creator.
In similar fashion, each of us was designed for a purpose. In my heart, I am a pastor. I think like a pastor, process decisions from a pastor’s point of view and am consistently drawn to helping people grow spiritually. I have friends who have the same kind of attraction to business, coaching and financial expertise. We are all at a loss to explain where these desires came from but their existence is undeniable.
I have recently watched this play out in my 25 year old son’s life. He was just hired for his first real job as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at a university. It means getting up early almost every day, working long hours and consistently adjusting to the changing schedules of athletes. The funny thing is he doesn’t talk about it like it is work. He thinks it is fun!
It has been both a useful conclusion and an agonizing struggle to accept the way God made me and the implications it has for my life. As I read 1 Chronicles 6 today, I realized it has been this way for a lot of people for a long time. There were three groups of men who had special assignments which defined their influence and limited their opportunities. Group number one were “the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there. They ministered with music before the tabernacle.” (v. 31-32) Group two were “their fellow Levites [who] were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God.” (v. 48) The third group was “ Aaron and his descendants . . . the ones who presented offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.” (v. 49)
All three of these groups had the incredible privilege of ministering in the tabernacle representing the people before God Almighty. They led in worship, offered sacrifices and maintained the operation of the most important place in Israel. None of them had a choice, however. They were born for this and, because of their heritage, they were required to do this work. In addition, they were not given a portion of land for themselves. Instead, they lived on plots within everyone else’s land. They had limited financial opportunities but they had expanded blessings, if they could accept their assignment willingly and enthusiastically.
“Lord, give us the grace to accept your sovereign design in our lives and the assignments that go along with the way you made us.”