Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Be A Priest
- A priest, first of all has a purpose.
- A second thing that makes a priest a priest is sympathy.
- A third thing that makes a priest a priest is call.
Mark is right on all accounts, but I prefer to look at it in much bolder terms. A priest is an agent of the Almighty, and traditionally for a specific purpose - to offer sacrifice. Says the Bible Dictionary:
The Heb. kohen, Gr. hierus, Lat. sacerdos, always denote one who offers sacrifices.The priestly office which Christ has given to us all is a sacrificial office.
So what do we sacrifice? Why ourselves, of course. What we are to do is to lay ourselves at Christ's feet and allow Him to use us in whatever way He sees fit.
Have you ever thought about what it takes for the Creator and Sustainer of the universe to do all that has to be done? He chooses to use us as His tools in that effort. Whether it be to help another enter into His presence, or to maintain the gardens in front of the palace, it is a priestly office becasue we sacrifice ourselves to His will.
Consider Romans 12:1:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.In this passage, Paul calls us to a priestly act, and points out that such is an act of worship.
We are indeed a "royal priesthood," and such is s bold thing to be a part of. Making sacrifices is not for the timid.