2 Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister before the tent of the covenant law. 3 They are to be responsible to you and are to perform all the duties of the tent, but they must not go near the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar. Otherwise both they and you will die. 4 They are to join you and be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting—all the work at the tent—and no one else may come near where you are.
(FROM GENESIS TO REVLATION: NUMBER 18 IN FOCUS)
The hymn writer, Charles Wesley, feeling the onus on him wrote,
“A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill, O may it all my pow’rs engage to do my master’s will. Arm me with jealous care as in Thy sight to live, and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give! Help me to watch and pray, and still on Thee rely, O let me not my trust betray, but press to realms on high. “
God chose them and He gave them a responsibility; responsibilities that come with accountability and it is the times of our time to mind our true responsibilities with our end accounts to give in mind. God said to them,
5 “You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. 6 I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord to do the work at the tent of meeting. (Numbers 18)
We may forget who we are and the true responsibility and the accounts we are obliged to give, but it is written, “… you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)
On the 18th day of December, 1828 four missionaries arrived in the Gold Coast (Ghana). with a vision of establishing the gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Sovereign Lord God Almighty on a land where non of the people knew the gospel and they were fully grounded in a different belief. The missionaries could not live long, but the quest to still make known the word of God to the people made the Basel mission never give up and sent yet another group of people to accomplish the responsibility for a good end accounts to present to God. With love, patience, understanding, selflessness, perseverance and tenacity, the word of God gained grounds and many believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ to date.
The missionaries embarked on an arduous errand leaving their ‘comfort zones’ to lands they had least been there before; lands without electricity or things we would prefer for comfort today; lands without means of transportation but to walk through the thick and thins of the forest of the then, (1828), climbing hills and mountains, and the people also believed when they had neither see mansions nor air crafts as what they shall get for accepting the Word. They felt the responsibility and they knew there would be an accountability.
God gave them a responsibility in Numbers; a responsibility to keep the offerings and settle all disputes and offenses. It was a duty to perform. Today, we also have a duty; a duty of our whole offering of service unto the Lord to make known the Word and to ” rescue the perishing. care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen, Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save”
There were issues to mind, but the then disciples said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables” (Acts 6:2).
The word and the souls to touch were of much priority to Jesus Christ than money or monies worth. He did not want to be a custodian of money, but souls! “When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowd followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ” Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man, “I am willing.” he said. ” Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed from leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone, But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them” (Matthew 8)
He did not want to exchange His true duty for ‘kingship’ or ‘honor’. ” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself” (John 6:15).
The beauty of mansions were not all that beautiful to Him as the beauty and joy of fulfilling His commission and responsibilities for a good end accountability to His Father. ” As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ” Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13 — NIV). 20 The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites. (Numbers 18)
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36). Jesus Christ said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifee ?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
He felt the responsibility and He knew there would be an end accountability! Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. ” (John 9:4). Apostle Paul said, “when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 — NIV)
30 “Say to the Levites: ‘When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress. 31 You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the tent of meeting. 32 By presenting the best part of it you will not be guilty in this matter; then you will not defile the holy offerings of the Israelites, and you will not die.’”
May God be our strength and may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and minds as we present the totality of our lives as a living offering and a sacrifice unto Him, knowing our responsibilities, it’s true dos and don’ts, and bearing in mind our end accounts to give to our Master!
There is a charge for us to keep; let us keep it well for a good accounts to give
A charge to keep I have
1 A charge to keep I have,
a God to glorify,
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky.
2 To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow’rs engage
to do my Master’s will!
3 Arm me with jealous care
as in Thy sight to live,
and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare
a strict account to give!
4 Help me to watch and pray,
and still on Thee rely,
O let me not my trust betray,
but press to realms on high.