But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. – Philippians 3:7-8
The Jewish Levitical priests were not given a portion of the Promised Land because the focus of their lives was to be mediators between God and the Jewish people. The rest of their tribe was not given an inheritance of land because their focus was to serve the Lord by serving the priests, taking care of the tabernacle, and protecting it from being treated with irreverence. It is quite certain that they were tempted to be envious of the members of the non-Levite tribes. Just because they were born as part of the tribe of Levi, they did not get a portion of the Promised Land. Yet God declares that He, Himself, was their inheritance!
Is not the giver always much more valuable than the gift? While the priests and Levites experienced temporal and material loss in having no portion of the land due to their calling, the Lord richly provided for all their material needs by giving the offerings and the tithes of the people to them!
Today in Christ every believer is a priest (I Peter 2:9). While following Christ will certainly lead to loss in a temporal and material sense, whatever we lose will be counted as nothing in light of what we gain: the inexpressible joy of intimacy with our God. We must not forget, either, that He will generously, lovingly, and wisely provide for us, just as He has for all His servants throughout history who value Him above all!
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