Numbers 18:6: And behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the people of Israel. They are a gift to you, given to the LORD, to do the service of the tent of meeting.
That is God’s word to Aaron who is a type of Christ. He was told that he was not supposed to do the work of the Lord alone. It was not supposed to be a lonely work, so God gave him an army of helpers, the Levites. He was more to be a coordinator and an overseer of the “army,” executing the plan of God based on the vision that God gave to Moses.
We are gifts to Jesus
Let’s now apply that to Jesus, who is our high priest (Hebrews 10:21), the bishop of our soul. Jesus has committed disciples who do his bidden.
We are all gifts to Jesus, the result of the travail of his soul (Isaiah 53:11). We are the fruits of the shedding of his blood. The new creature, the ones changed by following his word (2Corinthians 5:17).
When we receive him, we receive him as Lord. We reject the right to rule our own lives. We give him that right. He takes over.
We have been purchased with his blood (Acts 20:28). So we are his. We have redemption and forgiveness of sins through his name. We stand clean and clear-minded because of him. He said I will build my church (you and I) (Matthew 16:18), and he is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18).
When we come to God, we do not just receive from him, he releases himself through us in divine partnership. He told the apostles: you will receive power and serve me as witnesses. He gives you his purpose so you do not have to live aimlessly. But you must be willing to leave everything and follow him (Matthew 19:16-24).
When you come to him, he gives you new eyes to see, new hands to serve, clean hands and new energy to serve, i.e. the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). He gives you his own grace of service to God. You are not only his disciples just to look at what he does but to also be like him, manifest like him.
He chose the apostles that they might be with him and that he might send them out to minister to others (Mark 3:14). There was a time he was doing the job alone and he asked the people that they should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
These labourers are ready, equipped and have passion for the harvest. They follow the passion of the chief harvester himself, Jesus, who said that he comes to seek to save the lost (Luke 19:10). The bible says that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself (2Corinthians 5:19).
The kingdom labourers are in partnership with Christ for the global harvest. But we would not know how to harvest except when we watch Jesus and seek to be like him. Peter had the testimony that he had been with Jesus when 5000 people gave their lives to Jesus after he was done speaking to the people, after a lame man was raised.
Jesus is gift to us
Just as we are gifts to Jesus he is also a gift to us. John 3:16 says that for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
He represents for us the gift of eternal life and he is the door of our experiencing the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). So not only are we saves through him, but we are enabled to live the Christ-life by the Holy Spirit he releases into our lives.
We are not supposed to try to fend for ourselves spiritually after we become born again wondering what we will do next. The gift of the Holy Spirit which God gives to everyone who asks is available. The bible says that we who are evil knows how to give good things to our neighbour, how much more will the God give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:13).
That means the Holy Spirit is a gift and throughout the New Testament church, we see the phrase, “receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-2).” He is the gift of God to us. He is the gift that keeps giving, because there are also gifts called the gifts of the Holy Spirit, nine of them mentioned by Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church (1Corinthians 12:1-14). And the bible says that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are given for the benefit of all, and these gifts manifests through us.
You are a gift
Not only is Jesus a gift, but you are also a gift to this generation. Just like him you have been sent to the world. The world is blessed because of you.
Jesus, though was sanctified before coming to the world, set apart for a special purpose, still had to sanctify himself after he got here (John 17:19). You have to do likewise.
He had to make himself qualified for the job. While he was praying before he went to make the sacrifice of his life on the cross he said because of us (those who would believe in him) he sanctify himself (dedication), he gave the task of winning the world everything it takes.
You need to set yourself apart (in dedication, sanctification) for the task of the work of God. To be the gift you should be, you need dedication, and purification. Like Paul we should all say that: leaving the things that are behind we strive to lay hold of what is ahead, in the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
Paul was a man who gave it all it takes, to be the best gift of God he can be from God to others. He stood firm in the face of opposition, committed to the task he was given with single-minded devotion, standing out in his generation. You are a gift and you need to be sharpened to deliver on your mandate more effectively.
- Connecting the Old Testament to the Gospels, Part One – Lesson Twelve (kingdomofchrist.info)
- Revelation…Amplified to Simplicity… (cherylvance.hubpages.com)