There is a great hymn that we sing from time to time here at Westlake titled, Let Others See Jesus In You. The hymn is a great reminder of our responsibility as Christians to be ambassadors for Jesus everywhere we go. We see this same thought in our text for the day in our series, Blogging Through The Bible in 2020. The text is Exodus 28:11-12 which says, “With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engraving of a signet, you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall set them in settings of gold. And you shall put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod as memorial stones, for the sons of Israel. So Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders as a memorial.”
God has already given the instructions for how to construct the tabernacle, and now God is giving the detailed instructions of the priest’s garments. Aaron and his sons have been selected by God to be priests for God to the people of Israel. Part of Aaron’s responsibilities as a priest is to pray for the people, to bring them before the Lord. He was also to be a representative for God to the people. This function for Aaron and his sons ultimately points us to Jesus. In 1 Timothy 2:5, Paul writes, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ.” Paul is pointing to the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. Just as Aaron would bear the responsibility for the nation of Israel and make sacrifices for them; Jesus was the full and final sacrifice for sin made on behalf of all mankind, not just the nation of Israel.
What an incredible privilege we are given as children of God to do this for God. It is not just the priests/pastors/bishops of today who are to do this, but it is the privilege of all believers. Not only is this a privilege, but it is also a tremendous responsibility. We are to continuously bring people before God in prayer, but we are also to give God’s Word to them. As a husband, this must first begin with my wife. Before there was the formal priesthood in the Old Testament, it was the responsibility of the husband and father to be the priest for the family. This also means that as a father, I am to continuously bring my children before the Lord, as well as, represent Him faithfully to the children that God has blessed me with. I am to do the same for those in the community where God has planted me. For me, God takes it one step further after having called me as a pastor. That extra step is the same as Aaron and his sons were charged with, I must bring God’s people at Westlake before the Lord continuously, and I must represent God to them continuously. This is not only an awesome privilege, it is also a tremendous responsibility. Therefore, I want to share something with the believers who will read this post. One of the greatest gifts you can give your pastor(s) is the gift of praying for us daily. I assure you, no one is more aware of our shortcomings more than we are. We, as pastors, feel the weight of our calling, and understand that none of us are qualified to do what God is asking us to do. But when we hear a brother or sister in Christ praying for us or hear that they have prayed for us; it reminds us that it’s not about us, our strength, or our abilities. It is all about who God is and what He can do. To myself, and my fellow pastors, let us take the charge from God to bring the people of God before Him daily very serious. God has not called us to build large churches, build platforms, or any of the other million things that we hear a pastor is to do. Rather, God has called us to pray for our people and to represent Him to the people by giving them His Word in word and in deed.
A great resource that can help us bring people before the Lord is called Bless Every Home. It is a website that you can go to and sign-up for free to be a light in your community. You can draw as big or small of a circle around your home location as you want. Then, every morning, the website will email you names of your neighbors to pray for. There are other resources there to help you serve them, reach out to them, and more. It is a great resource for Christians, but also for churches. I love getting my email in the morning, and I’m looking forward to God doing incredible things through prayer, serving, evangelizing, and inviting.
By His grace and for His glory,