Scripture Reading: Leviticus 6:10-11
Let us continue from yesterday’s reflection. Secondly, God instructed the priests to ensure that the ashes never cover the altar (Lev. 6:10). The ashes must not cleave to the priest’s body! What a wisdom and warning for God’s servants today! The ashes are the trails of fire and the evidence that fire has thoroughly burnt. Ashes can no longer burn and they do not support burning. They are nothing but a fire-extinguisher. Therefore, when ashes from past burnt sacrifices are left to accumulate on the altar, they will put out the fire on the altar. So, God instructed the priests to carefully handle them and properly dispose of them. They must be put aside after each offering and later be carried to a clean place outside the camp.
Sunday E. Jegede explains thus: “The ashes” imply the outcome of God’s fire burning in your life, the proof of God’s Spirit at work in your life, and the praises, encomiums or glories that people shower or heap on you after being used of God to minister to them. When you allow these ashes to cleave to you or to accumulate in your soul, it will put out the fire of God in your soul. This is the undoing of many servants of God today!
Beloved child of God, you don’t deserve the glory, praise and honour for whatever God accomplishes through you. Therefore, don’t let the ashes settle on you or cleave to you. The right place they belong to
is God’s throne, so you must never forget to always carry and leave them there.
Hear the Psalmist: “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.” (Psa. 115:1 NKJV)
Join us in this beautiful prayer as we end this reflection: “O Holy Spirit, when You dwell within our hearts You also prepare a dwelling place for the Father and the Son. Come then, O great Consoler of abandoned souls and protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living and hope of the dying. Lead me by Your grace that I may always be pleasing to You in the name of Jesus”.
James 5:1-6; Ps 49:14-15c.15d-16.17-18.19-20(R.Mt 5:3); Accl 1 Thess 2:13; Gosp Mk 9:41-50 WEEKDAY
Prayer Points:
1. Let Your fire be in my hands to heal the sick and cast out devils, in Jesus name.
2. Let Your fire burn in my eyes, my heart, my belly, my mouth, and my feet, in Jesus name.
3. Let Your fire be in my tongue to preach and prophesy. I receive tongues of fire, in Jesus name.
4. Let Your Word be preached with fire (Jer. 23:29), in Jesus name.
5. Make me a minister of fire (Heb. 1:7), in Jesus name.
Exercise: Take the “Pentecost Prayer for Clergies” in DSD.
Meditation: Ephesians 6:8.