I was reading Numbers 2:1-34 as part of my daily Bible reading. It is the passage that describes the organization God put in place for their travel through the desert. It is one of those passages that lists the tribe, the leader and the number of people in each tribe. Passages like this are easy to skim or skip over because the names are hard to pronounce and there doesn’t really seem to be much we can gleam from it.
However, this morning as I read, not skimmed, over the passage I got a mental image of what the Israelites on the move must have looked like. Imagine over 600,000 men, plus women, children and animals all on the march. It was a very organized march with each tribe going in a particular order with families following behind their family banners. In the middle of the tribes were the Levites carrying the parts of the Tabernacle which included the ark of the covenant that represented God’s presence.
The Israelites on the move must have been a sight to behold. It was clear to anyone who saw it who they were and who they belonged to; they were the servants of the Most HIgh God. What about us today? We don’t march with other believers in order to get where we are going, but is it obvious to others who we belong to and who we serve?
The Israelites made such a statement getting from one place to another. I don’t know about you but being behind the wheel of my car is one of the places I think people would see less of Christ in me. We tend to drive aggressively and get irritated with traffic and the way others drive. There are a lot of people who have an ithacus, cross, christian or church bumper sticker on their car that advertises who they serve, but does their driving reflect it? Does yours?
Where ever you go, people should be able to tell you are a Christian by the way you act.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Sometimes, when we are on the move or standing in line we forget we have God’s presence dwelling within us. We don’t allow the Holy Spirit to help us bear His fruit. We get focused on where we are going and what we need to do. Maybe we need to focus on the fact that we too, like the Israelites, can make a statement in how we get from one place to another and what we act like when we are there.
Reflect back over your past week, what did your traveling look like? Were you showing HIs love to the world and bearing HIs fruit or were you operating in the flesh? Picture the incredible image of the Israelites on the move and the statement they made to those around them, what kind of statement do you want to make for the Lord as you are on the move?