Monday, November 19, 2012

What's better---King or Priest?

Revelation 1:6 (NKJV), "[Jesus] has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever."

The Bible teaches me as a born-again believer, I am both a king and a priest in the kingdom of God. For most of my Christian walk, I have focused on my position as king. Being a king has so many wonderful benefits---authority, wealth, and honor, to name the more obvious. I am grateful for the privilege of being a king. I have exercised my authority over the enemy many times with wonderful results.

Recently, I have realized the benefits of being a priest. I think I carried a distorted view of priests, possibly because I connect the Pharisees of Jesus' time to this position of honor. However, in my study of the Old Testament, I see this as the more wonderful position.

The best analogy I can come up with is how Solomon saw wisdom to be greater than riches. The story is in 1Kings 3:5-13. I especially like the last verse (v. 13), it says, "And I [God] have also given you [Solomon] what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.

As a priest, I am an avenue for God's power to flow into the natural realm. As God flows through me, my areas of weakness become strengths. The Wisdom of God flows into my decisions, His love flows into my relationships, and His good health flows through my body. For me, and those I care about, this is a huge benefit. These things cannot come from physical riches.

I do not want to take anything away from the wonderful fact that I am a king; I want to take advantage of everything Jesus paid for me to have. Comparing priesthood to kingship is much like comparing riches to wisdom. I have changed my focus and now I understand.

If you are like I was, change your focus too. I know when you do; you will begin to enjoy the blessings money cannot buy. I also believe you will see plenty of the things money can buy.

Be Blessed!

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