Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. And they shall attend to his needs and the needs of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of meeting. (Numbers 3:6-7)
Anyone who has worked in ministry knows that it is just that — work. I want to emphasize this because, through the years, I’ve had scores of people ask me, “So, what’s your real job?” as if ministry was a hobby on the side. No, my friends, it’s work and lots of it which means everyone who ministers at some level will need help. Aaron was no different and, therefore, assigned the Levites to serve those called to the priesthood. Many of the responsibilities ultimately given to the priests were carried out by the Levites. Nevertheless, the High Priest was ultimately responsible for the sanctity of Sanctuary.
Thus, God assigned one man and his family to oversee the day-to-day function of the Sanctuary with the understanding that many of the duties would be carried out by others. In short, there was rank and order in the Sanctuary and everyone was expected to function in their purpose. When the Levites performed their duties properly, the priests were freed to do what they alone could do, and in turn, the High Priest could perform his duties as well.
This principle is still relevant today, whether it is a congregation, a ministry or the Body at large. It is important that everyone know what their responsibility is and be committed to fulfilling their duties so that others may be able to function in their purpose as well. Where the Body of Messiah is concerned, we understand that there are “many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,” and yet “we, being many, are one body in Messiah” (Romans 12:4-5). In other words, God has assigned some to be pastors, some evangelists, etc., but He has assigned some to assist those who are in these other roles. So then, whatever your function in the Kingdom is, perform it with all your might and do it as “unto the LORD.”
Blessings and Shalom,