Levites are designed to do more with less. We don’t always get what others get by way of accolades, accommodations, or compensation. We pour out and often don’t receive equal replenishment. Sometimes we invoke God’s presence while not tangibly feeling the same presence that we were tasked with invoking. We are often expected to be in place when others are not. We are in a position of visibility that makes our mistakes seem greater, or more magnified than the mistakes of others.
I know all of these things to be true in my own life, and recently I’ve seen friends, associates, and even mentors exclaiming the pains of these realities as well. Knowing this can be a blessing but also be a burden when it’s not understood. While this knowledge happens to bring me a good level of peace, I still needed biblical proof that what I was seeing was rooted in something other than just “life”. I’ll be honest with you, I did not feel like doing an indepth study of every scripture regarding the levitical tribe to try and find the proof I needed for this blog. I’ve been pondering this topic and considering my thoughts for this blog for over a week now, but it wasn’t until today that I decided to start researching. Almost immediately, I found exactly what I was looking for.
One google search for the word “Levite” returned a Wikipedia article on the topic. It discussed Levites from the biblical perspective and also from a lineage and geneological perspective. In the very first summary paragraph of the article, one sentence jumped out at me. According to Wikipedia and also the Bible, the biblical Levites were not given portions of land when the inheritances were given out to the other tribes. Deuteronomy 18:2 says it like this, “Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: THE LORD IS THEIR INHERITANCE, as he hath said unto them.”
This one line did not magically solve all of my current problems or discomforts, especially not those that are as a direct result of my position and calling as a Levite, but it encouraged my spirit man immediately and immensely. I may never get the fullness of things that I desire from the use of my calling, and I may not feel completely validated in my ministry work, but I am promised in this passage that abiding in and being true to my levitical calling will get me to God. He is my inheritance. There are so many scriptures that I can use to support why this is ENOUGH even when it seems that we don’t have enough. But there is one I will leave with you.
Psalm 16:11 – “…in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” In gaining God, you gain everything that comes with God. His joy, His peace, His healing, even His validation and His reward. Your inheritance as a Levite is more than you can ever dream, it just comes in a form that’s different than those who don’t have your unique and expensive call. Be faithful to that call, and everything that comes with it, and you will gain a unique and expensive reward.
“If I lose everything and still have Jesus, I have enough to start all over again.”