our daily journey: Modern Priests
September 15, 2012
I’m very clear about what my role and purpose is,” Oprah Winfrey once told an interviewer. “I am the messenger to deliver the message of redemption, of hope, of forgiveness, of gratitude, of evolving people to the best of themselves.” Often described as the high priestess of religion-lessspirituality, Oprah could resemble a preacher on her TV show. To many members of her audience, Oprah’s thoughts on life, love, and fulfillment were tantamount to revelation.
Everyone has a “priest” of some kind. It might be a talk-show host like Oprah, who dished out inspiration, or a favorite author or a wise friend.Psychotherapists have assumed the role of priest for many—listening to our stories of guilt and anxiety and offering remedies for healing.
When a secular world rejects Jesus and the church, it doesn’t forgo spiritual direction—it simply seeks it elsewhere. Spiritual beings need spiritual leaders.
When God founded Israel, He saw fit to establish a priesthood that would mediate His voice and forgiveness to the people (Exodus 29:44-46; Leviticus9:7; Numbers 3:5- 9). Jesus came to earth as the ultimate priest (Heb. 2:17,4:14-16), mediating God’s voice and forgiveness to us (John 14:10; Hebrews9:15). And when Jesus sends us forth, He sends us as priests (1 Peter 2:5) to speak God’s words and extend His forgiveness (4:11; 2 Cor. 5:20).
Just think about that. People are searching for spiritual guides, and you and I are sent forth as priests. We don’t need robes or collars, just holiness and humility (1 Peter 2:11; 5:5). We don’t need degrees and ordination, just gentleness and preparation (3:15) and knowledge of God’s Word.
You are a priest, God’s very own possession, enabled to “show others the goodness of God” (2:9). Go for it! Many a life has changed over a coffee table chat with a Spirit-filled friend. —Sheridan Voysey
Read - 1 Peter 2:4-12You 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 (v.9).
More - Read Hebrews 5:1-10 to see the “position description” of a priest and how Christ fulfilled it.
Next - Are you being God’s voice to someone? With whom are you sharing God's forgiveness? What does it mean for you to be in the priesthood of believers?