Devotional Thoughts: Our Royal Priesthood

This verse reminds me that sins aren’t just of commission, things we do against God, but also not doing that what we ought to do. God gives us many commands. The Holy Spirit prompts us to do many things. We should love our neighbors as ourselves for example. I imagine your average Christian doesn’t contemplate this very much. There’s so much focus on what we shouldn’t do sometimes that we lose sight of what we ought to be doing. If our faith is just full of don’ts we are stunted and probably depressed and have lost our purpose and focus.

One of the tenants of the Baptist Faith is what we call the priesthood of the believer. This concept comes from 1 Peter 2:9, “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 into his marvelous light.

“Each believer is a priest, both before God for oneself and by caring for fellow believers and for persons in the world for whom Christ died.
From We Baptists, James Leo Garrett Jr. (editor-in-chief)

We are called by God to do great and mighty things and if we are not living this out we are missing out on the greatest joys! Even small things are great in the Kingdom of God! Respond to anger with gentleness, feed the hungry, adopt someone to shower with kindness. There are opportunities all around us that may not seem like a big deal at the time, but through these things the Holy Spirit draws other people to Himself.

It’s fun to be kind, to go the extra mile, to serve God through my workplace. Let’s explore opportunities and rock someone’s world with our God given priesthood today. Living a life of obedience is never boring! In fact I’d say it’s much more exciting than a life of sin. Let’s discern where God would have us serve Him today. Let’s do what we ought to do. Be honest, faithful, trustworthy and kind.

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