Priesthood…The Acceptable Way
It is great serving God in these times. Great because we see many facets of God and are amazed like the 24 Elders before God’s Throne (Revelation 4). As children of God, we’re not mere children but priests of the Most High God; created and saved to serve Him. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He desired to make them into a kingdom of priests and a Holy nation (Exodus 19:6). This desire was reiterated in 1Peter 2:9-10 – to make us into a royal priesthood and a holy nation that will declare and demonstrate His glory and praises in a depraved and dying world. We become priests, not by inheritance or lineage as it was with the old law (John 3). Neither, were we chosen and made priests because we love Him more or we could pray or do one extraordinary thing, but we are told that by His blood He has set us free and made us into a Kingdom of Priests to God (Revelation 1:6). This invite is to everyone that believes, not for only pastors, teachers, evangelists, apostles, bishops and deacons; but for everyone that has come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. God expects us to take our walk deeper with Him devoid of intermediaries: “Therefore let us approach the Throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time” (Hebrews 4:16). Some of these intermediaries have a way of mixing up the instructions and directions of God to the peril of the people. This simply means, if we want to have any meaningful relationship with God, we must enter the Holy of Holies. The days of staying in the outer court to ‘hear’ from others what God is saying has passed. Every person now must learn to hear God one on one because the way is now made open. This can only happen when we have a continual and consistent relationship with God through praying, studying and obedience to what we have learnt. So many believe offering services to God translates to being close to Him. This is not so, as services and programs do not amount to knowing or being close to God. It is time to know in deeper levels the God of the services so as not to ignorantly fall into the trap of self delusion and deception. Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1-5 fell into this trap when they felt they could carry out services without knowing the God of the service. As priests, when we carry out services without knowing the God we serve, we are only offering strange services that are evil in the sight of God. Friend, this year, lets endeavor to search out more about the God we claim to believe and serve, and let Him teach us His ways and the acceptable way of serving Him as His priests. God bless you.