A Royal Priesthood

Revelation 1:5-6
“To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

The “us” in that verse are Christians. Christ, “has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.”

Have you (Christian) ever actually just sat and pondered that?

This past week at Bible study, someone had shared that early in their walk (when they had attended a different church), that they would have frequent conversations with the other new believers attempting to figure out what God had planned for each of their lives. He described those past discussions as everyone proclaiming that each would do this or that for the kingdom, or that they would each have have this or that title in the church. It reminded me of when the disciples immaturely debated about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus, however, then immediately corrected their folly by illustrating that their focus should actually be on serving others and receiving Him (Mark 9:33-37).

It is very easy to be tempted to guess about or to even boldly assume what we will do in the name of God; or to get caught up in proudly declaring what role we may one day have as we walk with Christ. It’s very exciting to let one’s mind wonder, day dreaming about what we might accomplish in the name of our Lord and Savior. I get it. But, such a practice just takes our mind off of our already God assigned task: our royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9-10
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

God has selected us (who were once in darkness and not a people, who once did not receive mercy) to now be His people who “proclaim the excellencies of Him.” We are now “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.”

We have already been assigned a task and a title, so there is no longer a need for immature discussions about what our roles might be.

I urge you (Christian) to be the priest that God has chosen you to be…

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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