“Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?”
The situation that happened with the sons of Korah was an avoidable situation had they kept the right focus on their responsibilities. The sons of Korah went to Moses and complained about him taking too much authority upon himself. These men felt that they should have been in the decision-making process of what Israel should do. These men despised Moses in their hearts because they wanted his power and the ability he had to call the shots of what they did next. What these men didn’t understand was that Moses wasn’t the one calling the shots, but Moses was only repeating to the people and leading them in the direction that God wanted them to go.
The sons of Korah were famous men in the congregation. These men had been in their position for a long time, and the people seemed to respect them. Not only were they famous, but they were also Levites, which meant they were servants in the tabernacle of God. These men got to see things up close that the average Israelite never saw, but this was not enough for them. The mistake of these men was that they forgot how big it was to be able to serve the LORD.
Many believers have fallen for the same trap of Satan for which the sons of Korah fell. Throughout the years of being in the ministry as a preacher’s son, an evangelist, and now as a pastor, I have watched many people sound the cry for more power as did the sons of Korah. Let me give you a few thoughts of caution to help you.
First, God always speaks through the pastor concerning what He wants done in the church. Each time God spoke to the churches in Revelation 2-3, He always spoke “to the angel of the church,” which was the pastor of the church. Be very careful about thinking you know more about what your church needs to do than does your pastor. Always remember that God deals with the pastor concerning what He wants done in the local church, and when the pastor doesn’t obey, God will deal with him.
Second, never lose the awe and honor that you have just to get to serve the LORD. The psalmist said in Psalm 84:10, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” When you have the attitude that it is an honor to get to do anything for the LORD, any job you do for the LORD will always be significant. The only reason anyone complains about not being able to do what they want to do is because they have lost the awe of just being able to serve the LORD. If all the LORD wants you to do is to collect the trash in the church, that in itself is a big honor. It is not what position you have or the job you do in the church that is big, it is the fact that you get to serve the LORD that is big. Never lose the bigness of what you get to do for the LORD.
Third, God knows where you are, and He will promote you when He sees it necessary. If you stay focused on the LORD, you will find that any other position or job is not something you desire. When you stay focused on the LORD and are honored that He would even use you, you will find that it is a bonus if He does promote you to another position or job.