“But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.”
God gave hope in the midst of pronounced judgment against the Levites. God showed Ezekiel the sins of the Levites in that they had polluted the sanctuary with their idols which influenced Israel to follow their example. God was very angry with this tribe because their wrong influence influenced the whole nation to follow their example. Instead of using their influence for good, they used their influence to cause Israel to worship the idols that God told them to avoid. God said that they would not be able to come near Him to do the office of a priest because they committed this wickedness.
However, in spite of the severe punishment they would experience, God still gave them hope. God said, “But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house…” He said in verse 11, “Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary…” They may not have been able to do the work they once used to do, but they were still useful to God. They may not have been able to enjoy the privilege of ministering as priests, but they were not expelled from serving the LORD. Though sin had its consequence, God still could use them in spite of what they had done. This act of God’s mercy should give every believer hope. Let me share several thoughts to the person who feels they can no longer be used by God.
First, don’t let the guilt of your past keep you from serving the LORD. Your past can either be a crutch to lean on that keeps you from serving the LORD, or it can be a tool to use to help others. It is your choice what you do with God’s grace and mercy in your life. You have no excuse when it comes to serving the LORD. If you allow the guilt of your sin to be your crutch that keeps you from serving the LORD, you have then allowed sin to win. If you want to have complete victory over sin, you are going to have to let your past be a tool to help others not to walk down the same path that you walked.
Second, you may not be able to do what you once did, but you can still do something. Yes, sin has consequences that may forfeit the right to do some things you once used to do, but God still has a place for you to serve. You can never go so deep into sin that God can’t find a place for you to serve. The mercy of God always finds a place for the repentant believer to serve. The Levites may not have been able to work in the temple anymore, but they were still keepers at the gates. That means they were still close to those who were able to work in the temple. They were still assisting the work that was being done. You may not be able to do what you once did, but you are still valuable to God’s work and able to contribute in spite of what sin has done to you.
Third, it is your choice of what you do with your past. You can let the past destroy your future, or you can let the past be the tool that God uses to continue to use you in a mighty way. My friend, stop letting the past beat you up. You can’t change what happened; however, you can move on and let the LORD find a place in His mercy for you to serve. You still have something to contribute if you won’t allow the past to beat you up. Forgive yourself! God has already moved on from what you have done, so if He can move on, so should you. Let me encourage you not to allow the past to be a crutch, but let the past be the tool you use to help others to avoid the same mistakes that you made.