The Ministry Is Hard Work

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Numbers 1:51a

Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites are to take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall do it.


It’s easy to see that the tribe of Levi was the ministerial tribe for the nation of Israel. After reading through the book of Leviticus, in which they are called out immediately, they are singled out for service in the Lord’s work again in the book of Numbers. If you were born a Levite, you would work in some capacity in the ministry. Here they were told only the Levites were to tear the mobile tabernacle down and set it up again.


“The Ministry Is Hard Work,” and anyone who thinks it’s a piece of cake should spend a week with me. In fact, as a young man in the ministry, some of the activities I did during the week between Sundays included: college studies, all set up and tear down for my weekly events in the church, hospital visits twice weekly, two preaching experiences a week, a connect group once a week every week, our F.I.R.E. Institute that I wrote and ran one night a week, and bi-monthly Saturday outreaches of some description. I could go on and on, but as I aged and my calling developed along with the influence, it just got harder and harder. Years later, the harvest began to be collected each year, and that was hard. But the hardest thing I’ve ever done in the work of God is pray, and stay yielded, and keep my ego in check, and listen to my wife’s and others’ input, and it never stops. I’m always seeking to learn and touch more and new people. It matters not how unimportant they appear to others, people are one’s greatest assets. I love them all. What I’m trying to say is, “The Ministry Is Hard Work.” Pray for your spiritual leaders today. They need it.


Dear Jesus,

Thank You for saying long ago, “I must work the work of him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming when no man can work!” I picked up on that as a young man, and I can’t shake the work! Amen

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