One thing I could not stand when I was growing up was sitting on the bench, no matter the sport. I always wanted to contribute to the team in a meaningful way. This is still true for me today. This makes me especially grateful for the contribution that both you and I are able to make as part of God’s team. 1 Peter 2:9 says
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
Throughout history, the contribution God intended for each member of His team, the Body of Christ, has been marginalized.
This marginalization is primarily due to a sacred-secular divide: priests due God’s work, everyone else does their work.
Thankfully this divide is not as noticeable in our generation, but it still exists – so let’s briefly discuss God’s design for His team as a royal priesthood.
Having not grown up within a monarchy, royal families have always intrigued me. In the absence of a monarchy in our country, I have learned about royal families primarily through literary stories. As a child, I remember reading Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper and wondering what it would have been like to have servants attending my needs. I also remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia where children entered into royal identities with elevated purposes.
These stories touch on a core aspect of who God has re-made us to be in Jesus: a royal priesthood.
So while kings and queens impress us with their power, we should be more impressed with God’s work of combining royal power with priestly service. God did this primarily in the person of Jesus. In the Old Testament, the priesthood was separated from the executive branch of kingship because so much power could not be entrusted to one person. But in the Person of Jesus, Priest and King were brought together. Jesus is called our Great High and the King of Glory at the same time. Not only does He grant us access to God the Father through His priestly intercession, He has all authority in heaven and one earth – an authority that He has delegated to the Church, His royal priesthood.
What are the implications of being a royal priesthood?
- Royal. Your identity has been changed. You are what the Bible calls a “co-heir with Jesus.” You have God’s power flowing through your life, whether you feel like it or not.
- Priest. Your purpose has been elevated. You no longer live for yourself, but for Him who died for you and for others. You have access to God through prayer – both for yourself and for those you serve.
Do you know your identity and purpose? Do you access God through prayer and walk out in the power He’s given you? Ask God to reveal what this new identity as a royal priesthood means. Are there any lies that are keeping you from believing this?
By Jordon Ogden, Pastor of Antioch Ann Arbor