Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Welcome to priesthood

Did you know that you are a priest? Wait, let me restate that. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, then you are a priest.

Look at what Peter writes:
For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
I read something really cool about this whole idea this past week from Bill Hybels book Volunteer Revolution. He says that we become priests to one another, and then he says:
And what does a faithful priest do for his people? Prays for them. Encourages them. Watches over them. Confronts them. Grieves with those who grieve. Rejoices with those who rejoice. As a result, the people feel loved, nurtured, secure, and blessed.
And then he concludes by saying:
Imagine a community in which every member takes his or her priesthood as seriously as did the priest of the Old Testament. A community like that would turn the world upside down!
That's the kind of community I want to be a part of! Let's turn the world upside down!

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