Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life? Maybe you look at your job, your kids, or your living situation and think, “Is there anything extraordinary about me? Or am I just ordinary?”
We’ve all had questions like those. We know God has a specific purpose for us, but sometimes it’s hard to see how God can use our ordinary lives to make a difference.
I bet that’s how some of the Levites felt too. We’re going to take a look through Numbers 3. I know what you’re thinking…Numbers? Really? But yes, even Numbers can teach us something about our purpose when we feel ‘ordinary.’
Numbers 3 lists the duties of the Levites. You might think this would be a coveted clan to be born into. But not all Levities were priests.
“Assign Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants.”Numbers 3:9
They were ‘assistants.’ Plain, ordinary, assistants. They served in caring for the Tabernacle (vs. 25), the care of the sanctuary (vs. 28), the ark/table/lamp stand (vs. 31) and all the frames supporting the Tabernacle (vs. 36).
You might think they had a big job. Which is true, but I wonder if every one of them saw it that way. Think about the people in your church who vacuum the floors, clean the toilets, and take out the trash. They might feel as if they are doing ‘ordinary’ work. They might even feel more like ‘assistants’ to the pastor or other staff.
And the truth is, you might feel that way in your own life. But we are called to ‘step out of the ordinary.’ 1st Peter 2:9 says,
“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”1st Peter 2:9
We are all called to be a part of this Levitical tribe. And the best thing about being a part of this family is that God clearly states in Numbers 3:12, “The Levites belong to Me.” And that is nothing but extraordinary!
So when you feel ‘ordinary,’ remember that you are called with the purpose of showing God’s goodness to others. And that is no ordinary task!