Patient Efficiency

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Leviticus 10:3

Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: “‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.'” Aaron remained silent.


One chapter after Moses and Aaron and Aaron’s sons had experienced the most exhilarating day of ministry in their lives, catastrophe hit the same family. Two of Aaron’s four sons, Nadab and Abihu, offered “strange fire” before the Lord and God destroyed the two young men. Moses said to Aaron, “You know exactly what happened.” Aaron didn’t say a word.


No doubt this story occurred during a time when the people were living under the LAW. Today, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we live under GRACE. But let’s back up to see what we can learn. I don’t think these young men were rebels. I believe they had received lots of teaching and experience watching and living next to their Father, Aaron, in ministry. But one of the lessons that can be learned from this story is the lesson of “Patient Efficiency.” The matter of serving in any capacity with patience and long-suffering, diligence, and a thorough follow-through of the instructions given, is paramount. I can’t say what happened that day. Perhaps these two young men had too much on their plate and cut corners. But they weren’t dealing with just anybody; they were dealing with God. They didn’t take seriously what God called serious. And their Father knew it. Sometimes our service can go sideways if we forget Who it is we’re serving. We do live under grace, and thank God we do, but it isn’t cheap grace. It came at JESUS’ expense. Let’s you and I determine today to serve God and his purposes, and to operate with “Patient Efficiency.”


Dear Jesus,

Help me today to be quick to serve You, but patient and efficient in finishing the job right. Amen

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