When pleasing the Lord is our main motive in Christian service, then we would always be concerned with the way the Lord feels about our service.
Many people do things without thinking of how the Lord feels about them. They do not seem to be bothered about how God views their actions and services. They feel okay if they are satisfied with their actions and have the supporting approval of others. But if we are conscious of the fact that the Lord takes interest in all that we do, we will render a more acceptable service to Him.
“And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD… and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?” (Leviticus 10:19).
Moses in our passage above was surprised when he found out that Aaron, the high priest, did not eat the sin offering as it was his duty to do.
The response of Aaron to this gives us a very challenging and instructive lesson. He did not just want to carry on with duty for the sake of it. He was concerned with rendering acceptable service before the Lord.
At this point, he grieved over the death of his two sons whom God had brought instant judgment upon because they offered a strange fire before the Lord.
Aaron’s action was not to protest the death of his sons. He just felt that with what had happened that day, carrying on with religious duty may not please the Lord.
The primary focus of Christian living and service should be to please the Lord.
There is no point trying to carry on a spiritual duty when we sense that such service at such a time will not be acceptable before the Lord. If we realize that the state of our hearts disqualifies us from giving unto the Lord holy and acceptable service, it is better to suspend such a service and get our hearts right before the Lord.
Don’t just carry on with duty because you want to satisfy yourself or those who have appointed you. Focus on pleasing the Lord alone.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let pleasing the Lord be your daily desire.
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