Monday, October 16, 2006

Believers are a Kingdom of Priests....

I learned, in a sweet time of study on Saturday night, that believers in Jesus Christ are a kingdom of priests...

See what Revelation says on this, in the first chapter...

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood--
6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

Isn't that awesome! He, Jesus, has made us to be a kingdom of people who are priests to that God will get the glory!

This was just one more confirmation for me that our lives as believers are to be used to His glory, completely.

Last night, our family was watching the Extreme Home Makeover's our Sunday night tradition..popcorn and cuddles and this show. ( nice now that we have a DVR, because we can fast forward through all of the trashy commercials for the next show that comes on, but I digress)

Well, as we were watching, the people on the show were talking about their concern that their son, who has CP, may die...and my son got sad, and asked me what I would do if he died.

It was so wonderful to be able to tell him that I would have a time of mourning, and that I would miss him so much...but that I would rest in the sovereignty of God, knowing that God had been gl0rified in Caedmon's life, and so His purpose for him here would have been fulfilled. And, I told him I'd see him again, once I got there too. :)

I was also able to tell Caedmon that when God decides to take me home to heaven, that Caedmon could TRUST God, knowing that He had a reason for taking me home, and that my time for giving Him glory on earth was done, and that I would then be glorifiying God in Heaven....and that God would supply all that Caedmon would ever need.

It was such a sweet time of talking together and such a great reminder to Caedmon that our lives are not our own...that we were bought with great cost by the blood of Jesus...and that we are to live in a manner that will glorify God here on earth, until our job here is done.

I tell the kids a lot, as well as the ladies in Bible study, I believe that there are only 2 reasons that any believer is still walking the earth... and they both fall under the umbrella of glorifying God.
1.) To be used by The Holy Spirit to edify the church...for the building up of the body of Christ in love.
2.) To share the gospel with the lost.

I wondered for YEARS why I had been born...what my purpose on this earth was...

I now know...and those 2 answers are why.

When God knows that His plans for me in those areas are complete, He'll take me home.

So, when that day comes...don't cry for me...I'll be right where my heart longs to be. With my LORD. :)

Until then, I'll press my calling...and you do the same, ok?
Remember, as a believer, God has great purpose for your life here. Let Him use you today...and always!

In Him,


Janan Kash said...

I heard a comment on Christian radio the other day that really "stuck" with me concerning the church. Occasionally we will come across people who are professing Christians but who believe it is not necessary to go to church to be a Christian. The speaker on the radio said, "This is like joining the Army but never reporting to duty!" He went on to explain that it IS necessary to go to church - that this is what the body of Christ is all about - loving on one another, encouraging each other, learning, teaching, reaching out to a lost and dying world!

Jesica said...

That's such a great example! I think that's one of the things that God has shown me was in such error with what I grew up with. We would listen to the tapes of this one man, but for the most part, our family was not a part of a body of believers.
It was a lie from the enemy that we could get all we needed from a tape...we all need the body. If we ever need confirmation of that, one only need pick up the book of Ephesians and see how strongly Paul talks about this.
Or 1 Corinthians...
We're all one body, but different parts. We need each other.
I know that I am so very, very thankful for my Christian friends...many of whom go to different churches...but that doesn't matter...they are still part of the body of Christ, and they allow Him to use their specific gift to edify others.
I'm thankful for YOU, Nan!
Love you!