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This past Sunday we read together from Hebrews 10. One verse has stuck with me: “…and since we have a great priest over the house of God,” (Hebrews 10:21). Jesus is referred to as a priest over and over again in Hebrews. He is our priest. Our only true priest.
What is a priest? In simple terms, a priest is one who proclaims God to the world and devotes the world to God. A priest brings God to the world and brings the world, in some way, before God. Jesus is this. Jesus does this. He unites us to God in Himself, and He reveals God to us in Himself. Jesus is our Great High Priest.
But we are also priests. Peter wrote to the church, “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5) We are supposed to be priests. All of us believers. Do you think of yourself as a priest?
In his book, Visions of Vocation, Steven Garber says we mostly live typical, ordinary lives. But God has us where we are for a reason: “Most of us cannot and do not live extraordinary lives. Instead we live in families and in neighborhoods, working and worshiping week by week in rhythms that make the sum of our lives, season by season, year after year. Life cannot be other than that.” Still, in that ordinariness and regularity, God has you placed as a priest with great responsibility and you must ask yourself, “Knowing what I know about the way the world is, what am I going to do?” (pp. 54, 56).
We have a responsibility in the place where we live. It is a responsibility to see the world around us, to see our neighbors, to see our workplaces and schools and stores, and wonder—how does God want me to show Him to this world and draw this world to Him? How can I be a priest today?
This week our series Really? Untruths Uncovered continues as Pastor Tom Pipkin takes up the question of suffering. Many skeptics believe "Suffering Debunks God." But is that really so?
Until then, you are where you are for a reason. Find a way to bless someone near you today. Find a way to carry the blessings of God to them, and maybe find some way to devote part of your world to God. All together as one spiritual house and wherever we are scattered and located, we are the church, the royal priesthood, devoted to Jesus Christ our Head
"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." – 1 Peter 2:5
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