This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “everyone.”
How do you react to the idea that you are called by God?
I think we can often be too quick to discount ourselves. We’re too aware of our flaws and failures, and we wonder how God could possibly use us and why he would want to.
But this is what the Bible says about us:
“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.” (1 Peter 2:9 NLT)
There’s a lot in that verse, but let’s focus for a moment on our role as holy priests.
To understand that, we have to look at the role of a priest in the Old Testament of the Bible. The priests were taken from the tribe of Levi and specially chosen for an important role. They were representatives of God to the people and of the people to God. They would speak to the people on behalf of God, teaching an instructing them, and they would make sacrifices to God on behalf of the people, asking forgiveness.
The priests were the only ones who could enter the Most Holy Place where God’s presence resided, which meant that the rest of the Israelites didn’t have a direct relationship with God. It was all done through the priest.
But then, Jesus came and everything changed, because the system of priests and sacrifices was only temporary – a picture of what was to come. By his sacrifice on the cross, Jesus dealt with sin forever, removing the barrier between God and people. The curtain around the Most Holy Place was torn in two from top to bottom, symbolising that the way into God’s presence is now open.
So, what does this mean for us?
It means that everyone can draw near. God doesn’t want us to stand at a distance. He wants us to draw close, to have a personal relationship with him, and through Jesus he made that possible.
It also means that we are all called. Everyone who is a follower of Jesus has a part to play in God’s plan, and that doesn’t depend on anything we do but on what Jesus has already done. God has created us uniquely and called us uniquely, and each of us has a unique part to play in demonstrating his goodness and his love to others.
We are now the priests, representing God to others who don’t know him, and everyone has a part to play!