Five years ago the Rock began the process of purchasing the new building. The process has been about the price and terms regarding the building.
The terms revolve around the needs, purpose, and goals for the building. In the same when you give your life to Christ it is about the process.
1 Peter 2:9-10 states, but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
There are four elements of the process that we see in the book of Leviticus, and in our lives as we commit them to Christ.
A Priest is called out of the crowd. Leviticus 8:1-5 states, and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as the sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; and gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting." So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. And the congregation was gathered together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And Moses said to the congregation, "This is what the LORD commanded to be done."
What is God calling you to do? Is He calling you out of a lifestyle you know that you need to let go of? Are you disheartened because you feel your life is messed up? Sometimes our lives seem messed up because were not really trusting God to take care of us. When we focus on being obedient to Christ, we can live successfully.
The Cleansing and the Clothing
The Priest must be cleansed and purified. Leviticus 8:6 states, then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.
In the same it is important that we seek cleansing from the sin that plagues us by asking forgiveness and repenting.
The Priest must be clothed with righteousness. Leviticus 8:7-9 states, and he put the tunic on him, girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him; and he girded him with the intricately woven band of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him.
Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate. And he put the turban on his head. Also on the turban, on its front, he put the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Also it is important that we gird ourselves with the armor of Christ to walk through the daily spiritual battles that we face.
Ephesians 6:12-13 states, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
The priest must undergo consecration by anointing. Leviticus 8:12 states, and he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him.
Leviticus 8:30 states, then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on the garments of his sons with him; and he consecrated Aaron, his garments, his sons, and the garments of his sons with him.
As Christians, we are representatives of Christ. The Christian life is a process of growing to become like Christ through sanctification. We are all in full-time ministry, no matter where we are or what we do, our identity in Christ remains. It is vital that we take seriously the process and role that we are in, to show the world the love of Christ.