1 Peter 2:9 -- "For you have been chosen by God Himself -- you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God's very own -- all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light."
We know we are a priesthood, chosen by God, possessed by God, holy like God and royal to God. We have immediate access to Him and we don't need a human priest as a mediator because our Heavenly Father provided one Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. We have direct access to God, through God.
CALLED TO MINISTER
Now we're certainly not chosen, possessed, and holy to do nothing and to live mediocre lives.
Of course not!
We're called to minister in the presence of God, to live an active role in His presence. Our lives are a priestly service through:
WE ARE LIFE-GIVING PRIESTS
Romans 12:1 -- "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
As priests we are to serve God no matter what our vocation. Not because we have to, but because we want to! And, there is not one vocation that is more "sacred" than another because Christ is Lord over all. His Word applies to all. The Word does not say that ministry is "sacred" and other vocations are "secular." Life itself is sacred. God is life and all Believers are life-giving priests.
Because we are royal priests we are called into royal service, to be a wonderful message to the world! We have been commissioned to display His nature, His kindness, His goodness, and HIS MINISTRY to a world that needs to know Him. We can bear the burdens of others and we are the go-between for them before God. We identify with the weak, helpless, fear-filled, unborn, sick, poverty-stricken, homeless, hungry, depressed, and spiritually destitute. We ask on their behalf, in faith, believing. Then, as the Father gives direction, we GO and minister to them and His power becomes available to set them free.
EQUIPPED FOR DISCIPLESHIP
As soon as we're saved we are to be discipled so we can be disciples doing what Jesus did. Then, we GO and equip more disciples (Matthew 28). We move out of the church building into the works of the Kingdom!
I am not designed to drift -- I am designed for destiny.
I seek God for my destiny, and don't lose sight of the heavenly vision.
I carry within me the resurrection power of Christ -- I have the power to BECOME.
I am ready to expand my reality and become the destiny for which I have been predestined.
"Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect." - Romans 12:2 NCV
Sometimes the events f life seem to distance us from the awareness of His presence and we feel cast into a wilderness. In the wilderness, we tend to tune into the bitter past of life rather than the sweetness. However, it is in the wilderness that God speaks most clearly and opens the portals of heavenly revelation.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened that you may know what is the hope of His CALLING...." - Ephesians 1: 17,18
We can position our hearts to become an open portal to Heaven -- where God infuses us with revelation of His purpose for our life. Jesus knew the Father’s purpose for His life – we are to experience revelation of our Christ calling.
We ask, seek, and knock until we come into an understanding of His will for our life. Until we do this we, as born-again believers, are operating outside of His will which can affect the amount of favor that we experience.
Father, I abandon myself to You. You love in me Your only begotten Son. You see Him in me. You embrace Him in me because He has willed to identify Himself completely with me by that love which brought Him to death, for me, on the Cross. Amen
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY