Total Ownership

“In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.” – Numbers 8:14 (NIV)

I’m reading again today from Raymond Brown’s book The Message of Numbers, and he comments on what’s happening in Numbers 8 and God’s command to Moses on how the Levites should be cleansed and set apart for his service. Brown makes the point that Christians should look at this passage and view themselves in a similar light as the Levites. I think Brown’s explanation is a good one for us to consider (p. 69):

“Every Christian is God’s property and those who work for him honour his total ownership of their lives – not a popular concept in a postmodern age when self-empowerment is more acceptable than self-surrender. Local bookshops have ample supplies of new titles on self-fulfillment, self-exploration and self-discovery, but little available on self-sacrifice. Contemporary believers are called to a radically different lifestyle, with Christ as their constant model and mentor.”

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One thought on “Total Ownership

  1. internet elias

    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!…..oh, well…you get it.

    Good post. Thanks.

    I am internetelias.wordpress.com

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