In the Old Testament Priests were exclusive administers of God’s religious responsibilities. They had to be of the lineage of Levi, had to be perfect physically, had special clothing, had to perform special rituals to be presentable to God to perform his duties. They were separate, set apart, and no one else could do their jobs.
What we miss today is that we are all priests. In fact even in the Old Testament God wanted his people to know that they were his special possession to do his special work here on earth. Way back in Exodus 19: 5-6 God said:
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” (my emphasis)
In the New Testament this position for us is reiterated:
1 Peter 2: 9
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”. (my emphasis)
Revelation 1: 4-6
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen”. (my emphasis)
There are numerous other references explaining who we are as God’s people and the power at work in us to be administrators of God’s purposes in the world.
We too often do not realize how high God sees us and how much he empowers us to be his ambassadors, his administrators of his purposes in the world. We are “in” the exclusive club by virtue of being his followers.
Let’s all realize WE ARE ALL PRIESTS. Christ’s purposes in the world are not relegated to the professionals who get paid as a job to be pastors. We are in the exclusive club, with the exclusive privileges, and with the exclusive power at our disposal to be his exclusive people here on earth to do his work to bring in others into the family.