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A Priest in God’s Kingdom

I would ask that Your hand be upon my shoulder this day, Father, as I prepare for our worship services Sunday. Help me to be attentive to detail and most importantly to listen as You guide and direct me. Amen.

Revelation 1:6 (<<click green)

So what does it mean to be a priest in Your Kingdom, Lord? The idea of Your people being “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” goes all the way back to the beginnings of the nation of Israel. (Exodus 19:6 NIV) There were individuals who carried out certain tasks for worship but Your intent from the start was for us all to priests – not just the person standing behind the pulpit.

While poking around in regards to this verse I came across an article that Dr. Kelly Kapic had written for Ligonier Ministries. He makes some excellent points pertaining to our responsibilities as priests. Here is a majority of what he had to share,

“When God called Abraham, He made it clear that from this man a great nation would arise… the goal was gracious inclusion rather than hard-hearted exclusion… God’s people are never to forget that they are blessed in order to be a blessing (Genesis 12:1–2).”

All believers carry out two vital ministries as part of the royal priesthood.

First, in our priestly role, all Christians are to live sacrificially for others. We are people of the cross. Jesus laid down His life for sinners in desperate need of grace and love. As imitators of the crucified Lord, we now offer ourselves to Christ through sacrificial acts of love done in behalf of our neighbors, even the neighbors who consider us their enemies. We can be truly “honorable” through our works of grace and mercy, hoping that these very people may one day “glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12). We do not make atonement for others, but through our lives, we point them to the Lamb of God who alone can bring reconciliation between a holy God and sinful humanity (v. 21).

Second, we are faithful in our priestly role as we offer intercession on behalf of others. Paul makes a similar point when he urges Timothy to offer “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings” for ”all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” (1 Timothy 2:1–2a). Part of living as the chosen people and a holy nation is that we are set apart to be instruments of God’s grace and reconciliation in this world. And this begins with prayers. We pray not just for those we love, nor even just for God’s people, but for the world, including dangerous emperors (1 Peter 2:16–17). How do we love our neighbor? We intercede for them, asking for the light of God’s mercy to overcome the looming darkness. Jesus did this even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34). You and I cannot change or save our neighbor, but the triune God can.

Jesus is the perfect Mediator who makes intercession on our behalf, offering Himself as the perfect and final sacrifice so that we might enjoy peace with God. We who have received mercy (1 Peter 2: 10) are now His chosen vessels to be instruments of His grace and love to the world. This is what it means to live as part of the royal priesthood.”

June 8th, Thurs, 8:45 pm

Do We Need a Go-Between?

Father, I’m sorry that it’s been so long. With last week’s schedule being so crazy I just didn’t make it. I ask for Your forgiveness for transgressions along the way and ask for Your strength and fortitude in the days ahead. Thank You for a wonderful day of worship yesterday. May Your hand be upon me as we prepare for this Sunday and the weeks ahead. Amen.

1 Peter 2:5b-10

“… you are a chosen people… royal priests…”

It’s easy to think that the person behind the pulpit each Sunday has some kind of special link to God and, Lord, that is true. But there is one big misconception that must be set aright. The person behind the pulpit does have a special connection to You, Lord, but no more so than any other believer! All who choose to follow You, we are all chosen people.

Once again one of my favorite verses comes to mind. Ephesians 1:4 says,

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”

Every single one of us is chosen! We are all dearly loved by God. His desire is to have an intimately close and personal relationship with each and every one of us!

We have this mindset that we can’t come directly into Your presence but that we must have a mediator. We think a pastor or a priest must be our “go-between” to You, Lord. But that is most assuredly not the case! Your word tells us clearly that we are “royal priests”, a “royal priesthood”, and we can come directly to You anytime and anywhere – no “go-between” necessary.

Lord, may we all come boldly (and reverently) into Your presence! Draw us to You. Give us a deep yearning to be with You. Teach us. Help us. Strengthen us. Correct us. Love us. And help us to fully realize that love. Amen

Nov 28th, Mon, 5:16 am