So by the command of the lord the people of Israel gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own grants of land. (Joshua 21:3 NLT)

As the Promised Land gets divided up, there is one of the tribes of Israel that isn’t included in the process. At first glance, it may seem unfair, but upon further reflection, I think it provides us with an important lesson.

The Levites were the priestly tribe, descendants of Aaron. The were given oversight of the Tabernacle and the sacred objects. Instead of having their own territory, they are given towns all over the land. What does this tell us about how we should live as followers of Christ?

Peter refers to followers of Christ as a “royal priesthood”. In some sense, we are a lot like the Levites, people set aside for a specific purpose, scattered amongst the rest of God’s people. I think it’s good imagery for us to follow. We shouldn’t be concerned about forming our own “holy huddles” but we should be out, scattered among the people, fulfilling our sacred duties.

Think about that this week. Take a look around and notice the different situations in which you find yourself surrounded by those who would not be considered followers of Jesus, and remember, we are scattered for a reason – to bring the message of Christ to the world.