*The Church: Priests and Kings*
Exodus 19:4-6 NIV
“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you a will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation .”
1 Peter 2:9-10 NLT
“…for you are a chosen people. You 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. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
Revelation 5:9-10 NIV
“…you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth .”
There’s a reason why so many people love movies about superheroes. At some point in the story, an ordinary person, living their ordinary everyday life, discovers that they have a hidden identity. Suddenly, they have a purpose and status way larger and more important than they ever expected, along with all the power they need to fulfil their new role and responsibility. More than that, they belong to a group of fellow superheroes with the same mission and purpose.
On a cloudy Tuesday morning in April, you and I may feel like anything but the priests and kings described in the scripture passages above. Faced with dirty dishes, busy schedules, or even empty diaries, we might find it hard to grasp that we and all believers, the Church, are God’s treasured possession. We are ALL called to be priests – models of holiness, prayer warriors – and kings – royalty, representatives of the King of Kings, bearers of all God’s goodness. But that is what we are. And together with all who belong to Jesus, we have a greater purpose than ever before.
Space doesn’t permit a full exploration of what this means, but take a bit of time to ask yourself:
-*Do we know what we were saved for?* Jesus died on the cross for every one of us for this precise reason: to forgive and redeem us, yes, but also because God’s plan was always that we should be a people who, together, live with a far greater purpose, focused on His glory, upholding His name.
*-As a church, how might we make more of an impact through our corporate worship and prayers?* We are called “Priests”, to seek holy lives which demonstrate God’s power to forgive, cleanse and purify. No-one is beyond His grace. As intercessors, our prayers together for individuals, for Northway and the wider world, can have an impact beyond what we ask or imagine.
*- As the “Royal Family” of Christ on Northway estate, how should we be seeking to bring the King’s goodness and mercy to our community?* The Bible calls us Royal People – we are no longer insignificant but are bearers of God‘s kingly status. We have His unique power to bring blessing in small and big ways: forgiving those who have wronged us, including and welcoming people who are on the margins, extending help to those we don’t know, in His name.
Pray: Father God, so much of this is not visible to us, and will not be entirely fulfilled until eternity. Please give us the eyes of faith to see these realities and the imagination to live each day as Your holy and royal people, that together we can bring Your light into a dark world.