Today's devotion from Leviticus 21 and 22.
Leviticus 21-22 is a lengthy list of regulations for the priests and their families. There are regulations governing how they can mourn and grieve. There are regulations concerning who they can marry, and these get pretty specific. There are regulations regarding handicaps, fitness for service, how they are to eat, and how they are to do their tasks. In short, almost every aspect of their lives are governed in some way by the rules listed in these two chapters.
At first, it would be easy to look at these regulations from a perspective that makes them seem unfair. After all, they were born into the Levitical line. The problem is that we have the wrong perspective. For those who follow God, there is no area of our lives that should not be governed by Him. However, what is really interesting is why there are so many regulations listed here.
Multiple times we read the words, "You must not profane My holy name." How would these priests profane the name of God by the actions governed in these two chapters? In short, they were representatives of God among the people. They were mediators who led the people into the presence of God, and He had specifically called them to this task.
There is a tie to this principle in the Christian life. Through the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit, all believers are priests. Christ called us salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14). We are to be a city on a hill, a people who live in such a way as to point others to God. As such, there can be no area of our lives not governed by God. There is too much at stake for us to forget that we have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20).
So, as we see the requirements of being God's own, how do we apply that in our lives? Are there areas of your life that need to be surrendered to God? Are there issues that you need to handle in a manner that better honor His name? Remember, you are His.