After finishing the tabernacle, the workers begin making the garments for the priests. These garments were elaborate and meant to set these men apart from the rest, because they were holy to the Lord. These men served in the tabernacle and then the temple, and they offered sacrifices for the people on a daily basis. This was their calling in life, and it had to be humbling to know God chose them. When we move forward to Jesus' day, we find the priests with a completely different mindset. Instead of humility, we find a group of men who were proud of their calling and wanted everyone around them to know who they were and what they stood for. They would put on their priestly garments and walk into the main square where they would raise their hands and begin to yell out their prayer to God. Those garments that used to represent humility and meekness were now used to boost a reputation where pride was the one and only motivator. Does this ever happen in today's Christian culture? It definitely does, and we must fight the urge to do what we do for our own glory instead of for His glory. That is not always the easiest step to take, because we like the accolades and we enjoy the benefits of a "celebrity" status. Until we come to the place of knowing that all that we are and all that we have comes directly from God, we are going to struggle with pride. The priestly garments were used for good for many years, but they eventually began to represent something that would lead to destruction and a fall.

Help me, Lord, to see myself as You see me. Help me to stay humble and focused upon the work You have called me to.