Someone once asked Leonard Bernstein what was the most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra. His answer, “Second fiddle.” We all get it—but think about something even more difficult. What if one is asked to move from first fiddle to second?
In the listing of the priests and the Levites for the service in the temple we see this inversion take place in the descendants of Moses and Aaron. Moses, the great leader of Israel in bring them out of Egypt, was without question one of the greatest men of the OT. Aaron, his brother, assisted him faithfully as they faced Pharaoh and left Egypt and wandered in the wilderness. But now the place of prominence is inverted. The sons of Aaron are to make offerings to the Lord in the temple (23:13) but the sons of Levi (including Moses) are to be their assistants (23:28, 32). I wonder if there were ever any jealousies that arose because of their lineage.
So it is today when we are asked to serve others. Is it possible that we might be resentful thinking we deserve a higher standing? Or do we humble ourselves willingly before the Lord and others for the glory of the Lord? “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Prayer: Father, help us to have the mind of our Savior in being willing to lay aside our privileges in order to serve others. Help us to honor you by the way we serve, even in secondary places, out of the limelight, where no one else will see. Thank you, Lord, for so many faithful servants who serve in this way before you.