Me, a Royal Priest?

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

1 Peter 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 1Peter 2:10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.

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The concept of a kingly priesthood as shown in upper case above, is drawn from Exodus 19:6.

Knowing who Jesus is, what he has done, including the creation of all things, what He is doing, and what He will do, I understand why He is our Royal Priest, but me as part of the royal priesthood, now that is another matter. Peter says so, so it must be true. Once I committed myself to Jesus I needed to understand that what he told me to do was not a suggestion, but a command. If I receive Him as my Lord, I need to accept His authority and do what he says. As I think about the fact of me being a Royal Priest, it has a tendency to frighten me. As I remember the responsibilities of a priest I wonder how I have done and will do as I work under the authority of Jesus, our High Priest. Jesus set the example and gave us our marching orders for action on His behalf; and it will not be easy. What trials and tribulations will I face? No one knows but Jesus. Jesus was obedient to the Father even to death. I may or may not be put in that position, but I pray I will follow His example if it comes to that. Jesus promises that those who follow Him will suffer trials and tribulation. If Jesus said it, it will come to pass.

Jesus, you are my friend and died for my sins. If needed, I pray I will be your friend and die for you also. I also pray I will fulfill the responsibilities given to me as part of your Royal Priesthood.

ME, ME, ME

I am going to confess.  One sin that I struggle with is selfishness or self-centeredness. We are born with an innate desire to be the center of the universe.  A baby wants only to be taken care of; his needs are the only thing on his mind.  If I am hungry; feed me!  If my diaper is wet; change me! Cuddle me! Rock me! Me, Me, Me!  Then we get to the stage where the child learns the word: Mine!  Try taking candy from a baby….it ain’t easy!  They quickly learn that if they want something, it should be theirs. They very quickly learn the word…mine, mine, mine.

As we mature, we should develop an attitude of humility.  The world doesn’t revolve around us!  In Philippians 2:4, the Apostle Paul says, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others”. That doesn’t come naturally to us.  Only Jesus living in us can change our nature.  I see this sin in myself every day.  On the road, I want to get to my destination as quickly and easily as possible.  I have trouble with yielding to others and being courteous.  And, I easily think unkind thoughts if somebody pulls out in front of me or changes lanes abruptly.  And, I really lose all patience when I go to Walmart.

I used to have a refrigerator magnet that reminded me that JOY was Jesus, Others, You. I need that reminder every day.  Among the fruits of the Spirit are longsuffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)  All of those should be evident in my life.  They would keep me from being selfish and self-centered. Jesus always put others first; He expects nothing less from us.

Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Humility is funny…if you think you have it, guess what?  You don’t!  It is best shown by putting others before yourself.  I have discovered that many times when I “do unto others as I would have them do unto me”, I am contented. This world would be so different if we each did as Jesus commanded.

Now that I have confessed, I ask God to forgive me of the sin of selfishness.  He will do that.  I need to grow in Him and strive to walk humbly with Him.  Will you join me?