I can’t do that. That’s just not me. Not only have we heard these words, we have likely said them at one time or another. Our self-perceptions both limit and empower.
Envision yourself succeeding. You can do this! These are the words we hear from coaches and motivational speakers as they instill new visions of self.
As Christians, how do we view our role(s)? Ever see yourself as a priest? What would a contemporary priest for God look like?
“Through Jesus then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God–the fruit of lips acknowledging his name. And do not neglect to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16).
God’s priest offering sacrifices today is not about the clothes or the place. It has everything to do with acknowledging God and doing good toward others. God’s priests make a difference for God in this world.
How would such a priest offer sacrifices while living in our homes, working at our jobs, interacting with our neighbors and yes, assembling with other priests to worship God?
“As living stones you are being built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Christ Jesus … you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:5,9).
We are to make a difference for God in this world by living as his priests. We are to be engaged in offering up spiritual sacrifices. The first step toward living as a priest for God is to catch the vision of what it means to live as his priest each day. God has made us to soar for him. We can do this.