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Judges 17:10-11 “Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man was to him like one of his sons”

I have always loved this story in Judges 17 & 18, one that is never preached but has taught me a lot! It follows the journey of a young Levite looking for work. He comes across Micah’s house and being his only present opportunity; he decides to work for him by being his personal Priest.

It certainly wasn’t the opportunity of a lifetime, being a Priest only to a family, not a very grand audience. His wage was poor for the time, hardly anything in fact. Yet despite the seemingly small opportunity, I love how he responded to it: The young man became like one of his sons. He did not grudgingly accept the position, constantly looking for an alternative,  but committed to it like he was going to be there for life. He became part of the family.

I have often spoken to people leading ministries or projects, whose first intention is to develop it to a state where they can pass it on to the next person. I understand their reasoning in that they want others to share in the work, but having the first thought of “What’s coming next?” is not a healthy one. Instead, like the young man we should have the attitude of Life Commitment, as if we are going to be leading it forever. Only then will we invest as much as can into it.

Of course, we rarely do lead something for life. Shortly after we see God making the young man priest for the tribe of Daniel, a great blessing for his attitude of faithfulness. In leading Youth Central, I have an attitude of investing as much as I can before God moves me on. I try to maintain an attitude of Life Commitment, as if I’m going to be doing it forever!

What are you committing to?

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