Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
– 1 Peter 2:1-10
When political leaders, economic leaders and influential people in your community are in disarray, as they frequently are, they usually seek spiritual help. These people know that there is a limit beyond which their physical endowments and resources cannot carry them. The question is, do they seek help from you, or do they carry their burdens to some other priest? Another question is: Do they seek help from priests in God’s kingdom, or do they seek help from priests in the kingdom of darkness?
If these people and others do not look for you in critical times, it means that you have not yet embraced your priestly ministry. If a member of your family runs into trouble and the entire family begins to run helter-skelter in search of help, even from native doctors, it shows that they do not yet see you as a priest. If you embrace the priest’s office and begin to function in it, Jesus will always go with you and confirm your words whenever you declare them in faith.
The common reason for not embracing the priestly ministry is that the people devote their attention to pursuing what to eat and what to drink; the very things the bible says you should downplay and seek after the kingdom of God. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33).
God will never leave you nor forsake you. Step into His will for your life now.
- Search inwards and pinpoint the reasons you have not been effective as a priest. Deal with them.
CONFESSION: I am a priest and I am a king. I will function effectively in my dual positions.