Revelations 1: 5&6 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” kjv
Revelations 5: 9&10 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” kjv
Revelations 20:6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” kjv
I am reading N.T. Wright “THE DAY THE REVOLUTION BEGAN: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion” and he says that we are called to a Royal Priesthood. On page 77 – 78 he says, “I am suggesting that in the Bible humans are created in order to live as worshipping stewards with God’s heaven-and-earth reality, rather than as beings who, by moral perfection, qualify to leave “earth” and go to “heaven” instead.”
This really made me think about what I am supposed to be doing here on earth. This isn’t something new for me. lol I always have felt that we just aren’t doing enough as humans to glorify God and to bring Christ to others. So when I read N.T. Wright’s comments it made sense to me. I prayed to God that I would be a Royal Priesthood for Christ aka: reflect Christ, be more like Christ and/or have the likeness of Christ while here on this earth. Going to heaven and being with Jesus is our hope, but being like Christ to others can also be our joy here and now. I don’t want to diminish the work of the cross, but lets think about renewing our vocation.
After praying to be more like Christ to others, I was confronted with a friend who snipped at me. A boiling over event hidden underneath the surface of our relationship. Fun Fun. lol Anyway, I first prayed for help from God. My natural self wanted to get back in some way. Second, I prayed that I would do what Christ wanted me to do. Third, I prayed for this person.
I subscribe in my email to Bible Gateway “C.S. Lewis Daily” and this is what they brought forth for us to read today. . .
Even while we kill and punish we must try to feel about the enemy as we feel about ourselves—to wish that he were not bad, to hope that he may, in this world or another, be cured: in fact, to wish his good. That is what is meant in the Bible by loving him: wishing his good, not feeling fond of him nor saying he is nice when he is not.
From Mere Christianity
Compiled in Words to live By
Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Suddenly after praying, an overwhelming feeling of not remembering the little snip that was sent my way and any other previous snips, came over me. You could say it was a feeling of forgetting the past and wishing only good for this person. It really is a great feeling of loving someone and not hating them. Disliking someone is so burdensome to oneself. It comes with baggage like compulsive thinking and rehashing events in your mind. Being free to love is the best feeling. Almost like you want to buy a present for this person because you know they will like it. And that is exactly what I did! I bought some food and handed it to them. I was so thankful to God and I knew that it was the Lord changing me to be more like him. It changed the whole day between us for the better. And it reminded me that God loves my friend as much as he loves me.
Did Christ bring himself through me to someone? Yes. Is this what it means to be a Royal Priesthood for God while on earth? I think it is part of it. God is so amazing so live with him and enjoy the relationship we have with our Father.