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Friday, January 1, 2016

Taking the Priesthood to Heart

New Year’s Resolution?
Yesterday I asked how last year went.  I am not big on resolutions.  They smack too near legalism and performance rather than living by grace for my taste.  However, this evening I spent some time in Malachi 2.  That was not where I started, but that is where the Lord took me.
Taking the Priesthood to Heart
The Charge to Priests
I was challenged by Malachi 2:2.  In the context the Levites have not taken their duty seriously, they have not taken it to heart.  Malachi 2:7 outlines what the Lord expects of His priests.  He tells them that when they do not take their responsibility to heart, He will curse them.  It is not a good thing to be cursed by God.

We are Priests
As I was working through this passage several other passages came to mind, namely 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 12 and 1 Peter 2:5, 9.  The import of those passages is that as believers we are all priests.  It occurs to me that I need to, as the Lord tells the Levitical priests, take that to heart.  I need to both pray for others 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 12, as well as pray that for myself.

Our Charge
Like the priests in Malachi 2, I need to honor the name of the Lord with my life.  If 1 Peter 2:5, 9, is true all of us as believers are responsible to do the same.

Might be something to consider as we go forward this year.

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