38. You are a priest of God

The Israelites were camped at the foot of Mount Sinai. There Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. God here reaffirms the promise He had made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He tells Moses:

"Now if you will obey Me and keep My covenant, you will be My own special treasure from among all the nations of the earth; for all the earth belongs to Me. And you will be My kingdom of priests, My holy nation." Exodus 19:5, 6

How lovely. If they will obey Him, they will be His own special treasure and a kingdom of priests. All of them, every single one. The problem is, we know that God later instituted the Levitical priesthood in Israel, where not everyone was priests, but only those who descended down from Levi. Why did this happen? Well, simple really, the Israelites corrupted God's plan and worshipped golden calves the minute Moses turned his back. They didn't obey God, but rather made a god for themselves, a god they could control. How sad! They all had the opportunity to be priests, but they didn't want it.

But glory to Jesus! Due to His coming, the Levitical priesthood has been made obsolete, and a new kingdom of priests has risen. Us! How exciting! Listen to Peter:

"You are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's Holy nation, His very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9

Wonderful! We are priests of the Most High. I wonder how often we think about it. We know we are children of God, but we don't often think about being priests of God. We have the ability now to approach God in His throne room and actually talk to Him. We don't need to go to other people to get a revelation for us, no, we can get a revelation on our own. We have the authority to minister to the people of God, to help them on their spiritual journey and to aid others that are new in Christ. And as Peter says, we are priests to show others the goodness of God. Live a life above reproach and draw people from the darkness into the light. We need to be an example to them of God's loving care.

We need to stand up as priests and not wait for literal 'priests' to do the job we are called to! We are a kingdom of priests, God's very own possession.

We praise You Father for the position You have given us. Please help us and guide us on the right path. Help us to be Your light to a world of darkness. In Jesus Name. Amen

 

2 comments for “38. You are a priest of God”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:26:25 AM

    Thank you, Ilze, for pointing this out to us. We are almost like royalty, carrying the Good News and His fragrance to the world. We are surely blessed!

  2. Gravatar of Karlien WoodKarlien Wood
    Posted Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 4:10:29 PM

    Ilse, this is such a revelation to me, thank you. I have always known that we are children of God, but not PRIESTS! What a blessing.. Let us go out and show others the GOODNESS of God..!

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