Thursday, June 26, 2014
You are a Royal Priest
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." 1Peter 2:9
A priest was an honored member of society whose purpose was to minister, pray and present offerings. In the old testament, only a Levite from the tribe of Levi could be a priest and only someone from the line of David, the tribe of Judah, could be royalty. When Jesus came, He demolished the Leviticus Law lines and created a new royal blood line...His.
God calls us priests, but He goes one step further and declares us of the "royal priesthood". The -hood at the end of priest signifies that we are accepted or belong in a group. (For example, a neighborhood is a group of neighbors, or a childhood represents a group of years.) We are part of a group of priests ordained, chosen and set apart by the Lord. We were chosen and "called out of darkness into His marvelous light."
The only name now that determines if we are qualified to do the work of the Lord is the name of Jesus. When we are in Christ, we are qualified to minister, pray and present our lives as an offering to the Most High God. We are a part of His royal bloodlines, and heirs with Jesus.
You wear a priestly robe of righteousness and your head is adorned with a crown regally enveloped with jewels of royalty. Step out into the light and answer the call to proclaim His praises.
Father God, I thank You that You chose us. You said we are a royal priesthood, that You picked us out to belong to Your club of priests. Let us proclaim Your praises. I pray that we would embrace our identity as your royal priests and live our lives as an offering to You, in a way that honors You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.