Kings and Priests
Thursday, December 27 2012
Bible describes two distinct roles in the Old Testament-kings and
priests. Kings were the rulers; priests were the religious leaders. The
New Testament reveals we all are kings and priests because of the
redemptive work of Christ.
Today, kings are most often
represented by business and political leaders, while pastors represent
the priestly roles. God calls each of us to fulfill both roles in our
lives today. However, our vocational roles often create a division that
is misunderstood by both workplace believers and pastors. These
misunderstandings have led to a weakened and less effective Church.
have been guilty of viewing their workplace believers as dollar signs.
They sometimes see them for what they can contribute to their ministries
instead of equipping them to use their gifts and talents to impact the
workplace believer’s mission field-their workplace.
believers have tried to get pastors to operate their churches like
businesses, and have used their worldly ways for spiritual purposes.
They often view the pastor as the primary ministry worker instead of
taking on the responsibility themselves to do the work of the ministry.
is a grievous sin that exists in the Body of Christ, and it requires
repentance from both groups. Unless we recognize this, we will never see
the reality of revival that God wants to bring to the business
community, and pastors will fail to gain an ally to fully complete the
work of the Church in their community.
Are you a pastor who has
failed to see the calling that workplace believers have received to the
workplace? If so, ask God to forgive you for viewing your workplace
believers as those to be used for your own purposes.
Are you a workplace believer who sees your church as another business to be run based on worldly measurements? Do you see the pastor’s role as one who is primarily responsible for the work of the ministry? If so, you must repent and ask God to forgive you of this unbiblical view. God has called both of you to fulfill His purposes together through your gifts and talents.
Did today’s devotion encourage you?
- GOD’S PROMISE – JESUS CHRIST – Priest after Melchizedek (ptl2010.com)
- Two Pillars (wdednh.wordpress.com)
- The Promises (thechurchatcarrollton.wordpress.com)
- Working Wholeheartedly (wdednh.wordpress.com)
- Christ into Prominence (brakeman1.com)
- Fulfilled – The Christian Reading of the Old Testament (glory2godforallthings.com)