Ezekiel 44: 28-30 “As to priests owning land, I am their inheritance. Don’t give any land in Israel to them. I am their ‘land,’ their inheritance. They’ll take their meals from the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings. Everything in Israel offered to God in worship is theirs. The best of everything grown, plus all special gifts, comes to the priests. All that is given in worship to God goes to them. Serve them first. Serve from your best and your home will be blessed.
Today as I read this chapter in Ezekiel I was moved by the description of the priests inheritance. I know that in ancient Isreal, while the temple stood, the tribe that served as priests would be fed and clothed and taken care of by the offerings given to God that were kept in the temple. These offerings were the people’s first fruits, the best of the best. After coming across the last part of the chapter I couldn’t help but think of God’s promise to his followers in heaven:
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Revelation 1:6 And made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
We are called into preisthood in heaven by God. Whether or not God was referring to heaven when he described the third temple in the book of Ezekiel or not is debatable but I think its amazing that God wants to take care of us in this way. He has set aside His very best for us.
Which makes me think: am I living in a way that deserves such things? In reality no, and I never will, so I guess what I really mean is: am I doing my best to honour the gift I have been given? Do I lead and love in a way that suggests I am taking my heavenly inheritance in the kingdom of God seriously? Or am I hoping just to coast until I get to the pearly gates? I know actions can’t save or unsave me but I want to leverage what I can to do more of God’s will in a world in desperate need of it.