"According to the commandment of the Lord they were numbered by the hand of Moses, each according to his service and according to his task; thus were they numbered by him, as the Lord commanded Moses." Numbers 4:49 God spoke to Moses and told him to take the number of all the Levites, according to the work assigned to them in the service of the Tabernacle. The Lord goes into lengthy detail, listing every job in the service of the Tabernacle. Every job was uniquely important, from taking care of the oil for the lamps, to taking down and carrying the boards of the structure of the Tabernacle when they moved. Just as much attention was paid to the small things as to the large ones. The details of the jobs are listed exhaustively and specifically in every facet of each work The New Testament Scriptures tell us that all that was written before was written FOR OUR LEARNING. "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning..." Romans 15:4 The in-depth descriptions of every job great or small brings to our attention that each and every job given us by God is equally important. If one of the Levites failed, if one didn't show up, if one job was not performed, it would affect the entire function of the whole service. What is your job? Be sure - God has numbered you in your call. You were chosen before the foundation of the world and you have a specific, unique, and particular role to play that no one else can do. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10 Concerning your works, your function in the Body of Christ, God has totally prepared you to be able to do them. He has fitted each one of us with the talents, the gifts and the personality that perfectly enables each one to carry out his part. And if one refuses, if one buries his talents, if one has deceived himself into thinking that his part is negligible, if one excuses himself thinking he isn't able, if one makes any excuse at all, the lack of that part will have very real consequences. It is vitally important not only to God but to all who will be affected by your calling, that you know what your role is and that you do not rob the Body of Christ by refusing to perform it. Pray with me: Father, show me where I've made excuses not to serve you, not to function in the role you have prepared me for. I ask of you two things: 1. Show me what my talents are, and HOW to use them for your service. Show me how you've prepared me to fulfill all I'm called to do. Show me the opportunities you have made available to me to serve you in my calling. Confirm to me what my specific talents are, that I might be encouraged to use them in your service. Show me the delight that will be mine when I know I'm doing what you've called me to do. And Father, impress upon me the seriousness should I not play my role, and the consequences of holding back the function I am to provide. 2. And Father, I also ask you to show me what I am NOT called to do. Show me which works I do that are NOT my role to perform, as these will be works of wood, hay and stubble, works that are worthless, spinning my wheels in doing things I am not called to do. Father I pray for clear direction from you, that I may know that I know that I know what it is you have called me to do and how to do it. I ask for guidance and wisdom in this Father, in Jesus's Name I pray.