“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.”
1 Peter 9 (quoting Leviticus)
“Ahhhh, you want to be a priest?” The response of the man at the counter after I told him I was a college student at the Seminary.
How do you explain to a stranger at a counter that you’re already a priest and if he is a believer then so is he? How do you explain that every believer is part of the priesthood? How do you not want to crack open your bible in the middle of Whole Foods and walk the stranger through the story of the blood of Jesus Christ that turned the legislation of Leviticus into a lifestyle? How you wished you could be Martin Luther incarnate and proclaim to the world the truth that they’ve again forgotten: The priesthood of the believer.
How you wished every believer remembered that the function of the Old Testament priests was designed to exemplify holiness to others and how this priestly role never changed. That with death on the cross Jesus took the High priest’s place and made us priests too.
How we the priest believers are to remind another to step out of ourselves and into the hard and holy work demanded by the Cross. To remind the people that when they step out of themselves and into priesthood true worship is experience and in that true life.
Priesthood now looks like spiritual leadership and to some too much work. The narrative remembered in Leviticus 10 reminds believers of the death that happens when you forget the holiness to which you are called. How as spiritual leaders, we are set a part.
The truth that your actions affect how others see God.
To the man in the store, yes. I want to be a priest. Every day that I wake, I pray that I live up to my priestly duty and exemplify the creator in my conduct. I pray that I live in holiness so that others see Him.
I pray that I remember because death happens in deeds of forgetfulness, but everlasting love in a life lived holy.