“pastor mike, pastor mike…” – four

when peter wrote the following words, it was shocking…preposterous…revolutionary:

As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:4-5, 9

we have no idea how outrageous these words must have seemed to first century followers of christ.  these people understood the role of the priests…the high and holy men of god who were set apart…unlike regular folks.

but peter set a new plan in motion.  he didn’t abolish the priesthood, he just redefined it.  the holy things of god still needed to be handled.  the sacred still needed to proclaimed.  people still needed to connect to the almighty.  but the responsibility was no longer reserved for the elite.  it was no longer the job of the spiritually superior.  it now belonged to everyone who came by faith.  it now belongs to us.

all of us.

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One thought on ““pastor mike, pastor mike…” – four

  1. You know, I just realized that you had several “Pastor Mike…Pastor Mike” blogs…lol

    Throughout all of history, we see this pull in the people between place of power and a place of service.

    This desire for power (and money) is not of God and is the root of the Way of Balaam…(error/false doctrine of Balaam)…even great Churches who did many deeds praise-worthy of God were caught up in this an admonished for it in Revelation 2.

    As believers, once we root out these selfish spirits that seek to have us see ourselves in a hierachial faith instead of on the same ground as others in Jesus Christ…then we will see and have the hidden “manna” or food of Jesus Christ. We will love as he loved. We will serve as he served. We will live as he lived.

    Our lives will then be dedicated to things – not for our own good – but for God’s.

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