Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:
“It shall be the holy portion of the land; it shall be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to the Lord, and it shall be a place for their houses and a place for the sanctuary”
Ministers of the Lord are “ministers of the sanctuary!” This is what and who we are!
Through our priesthood to God, we are forever moving closer and closer, in real time growth, to the sanctuary of the Lord.
As the years roll by in my priesthood to God, the call of God upon me is ever increasingly towards the Lord Himself, “that I may know Him” (Philippians 3:10) and so, like Paul, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
Ministering to the Lord definitely is “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
When we first get saved, our first level of awareness often is in ministering to people. Yes ministering the gospel of Christ to people is a sacred call of God to each of us.
If we do draw near to our eternal identity in Christ as His priests, then we develop a blessed level of awareness in ministering to the Lord. This is when ministering to the Lord becomes our first ministry, out of which arises our ministering the gospel of Christ to humanity. This spiritual reality mirrors the pattern of the old testament temple perfectly; of God being first, in the holy of holies, ministering to the Lord is second, in the inner court, and ministering to people is third, in the outer court.
I encourage you in your own ministering to the Lord, as His Own blood washed, new covenant priest, to plant your house, your dwelling, in the “holy portion,” as close as can be to the temple of God within you, and in that place learn to see and identify yourself, humbly and gratefully, as God’s Own Personal minister of the sanctuary.
The simple and profound blessing for us in recognizing ourselves as “ministers of the sanctuary” is that this IS who we are. We are no longer defined by this world or our by own works or by others for we have chosen the better part, our priesthood, and our identity now is in being a minister of His sanctuary.
I am grateful and blessed before God to enter this sacred presence and gift, which is truly granted to us all in Jesus Christ, to be “the ministers of the sanctuary.” Yes, beloved, minister to God in the sanctuary today! Hallelujah!