“Service follows consecration.”

Leviticus 8:36-9:7
(36)  So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
(1)  And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
(2)  And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.
(3)  And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering;
(4)  Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you.
(5)  And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD.
(6)  And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.
(7)  And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.

Explanation

The Old Testament system of worship was designed to teach the nation of Israel about God: His character, His expectations, and their responsibility to Him. The priests could only serve in the Tabernacle after they had been consecrated themselves.

Surrendering ourselves to God (i.e., consecration) isn’t the end, it is the beginning. Just as service was the goal of the priests’ consecration to God, so service should be the outcome of our surrender to God.

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