September 29, 2021
1 Peter 2:9 The Voice
But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light.
It is important for us to understand who we are so that we can know what we are to do. We are chosen, loved, set aside, royal, priests of the most high, a holy nation, the ones that belong to God. We have been made all of these things so that we would be able to proclaim what God has done. I heard Pastor Sheryl Brady say that the job of the priest was to set up the meeting place so that God could connect with people. He has made us His priesthood. Our job is to set up meeting places. We are to change the atmosphere wherever we are. We are to prepare the place. We are to guide the conversation so that God can connect with people.
Think about how we, the Body of Christ, could change the world if we truly believed our job was to connect God with people. We are simply God’s assistants making things happen. Think about personal assistants to important people. They make things happen. Whatever the Boss wants, the assistant produces whether it’s coffee or an appointment. That’s our job with God as His priests- His assistants. We facilitate His appointments. When He wants to touch someone, bless someone, speak to someone we make it happen. It’s not about our opinions or our way of doing things. We simply listen to the Lord and follow His instructions. People in this world are blessed because we obey. We pray for those He tells us to pray for. We meet needs that He instructs us to meet. We speak words of encouragement and we love others with His love. Everything we do is Him. We don’t need our own plan or our own strength. We simply need to follow the Lord’s instructions and represent Him well.
Lord, thank you for choosing me. Help me to understand my job as your priest. Teach me how to prepare the place for you to meet with the people in my life. Holy Spirit, empower me to change the atmosphere. Give me boldness to act on your instructions. In Jesus’ Name...
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD