Numbers 16:8-9 (NLT)
Then Moses spoke again to Korah: “Now listen, you Levites! 9 Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the Lord’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them?
Korah started a rebellion with other community leaders against Moses. Their jealously of God’s work through Moses had reached a boiling point. They felt that Moses thought he was better than them. Their argument was that all of the people had been set apart by God therefore Moses had no right to be in the leadership position he had.
Moses’ response is powerful. He highlights Korah and the Levites’ special leadership position that was not open to everyone in the community. Moses asks them if they think their calling and position is insignificant. Then he reminds them that they like him were chosen by God for specific tasks.
I see this so much in our community. People get jealous and angry when God uses certain people to accomplish certain task they view as more prominent or prestigious than the ones they have. If everyone was chosen to do the same things then we wouldn’t need leaders. Frankly, most of the complaining comes from people who don’t have the gifts to accomplish the tasks they are hoping to gain the title for. We must appreciate the leaders God had chosen for the work and we must appreciate the work God has chosen for us.
Lord help me to appreciate what you have committed to my hands. Also help me appreciate the leaders you have put over me. Never let jealousy overtake my heart. In Jesus Name.
Questions for Meditation
Have you seen this kind of jealously in the church?
How will you avoid being like Korah?
Now pray God would give you a heart of a servant leader!