Priests, ministers, and pastors have the distinct privilege to represent God to men and to represent man to God. They help people understand more accurately who God is, how He made it possible for Him to forgive us our many sins, and how He longs to help us to live the lives we were created to live. The priestly function is also to bring man’s needs before the always-hearing, omniscient ear of Omnipotence. The priest is like the Holy Spirit in his role as advocate and defender, reminding God of the forgiveness He has offered every repentant sinner. He likewise reminds us sinners of our undeserved but guaranteed righteous standing before God, at Christ’s expense.
Peter reminded all believers that they have been made priests, who are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
These unlikely priests were qualified for service by their costly purchase requiring Christ’s blood. They are a diverse, international kingdom of priests, from all ethnic groups. They will reign with Christ at the end of time for 1000 years. (Revelation 5:10, 20:6)
This is you. This is me. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us, “We beg you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Jeremiah did not feel qualified to perform this holy, two-way representation in his own person. God reminded him, Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord Jeremiah 1:7-8
Lord, help us not to make little of our priestly assignment, acting like You must have made a mistake in choosing us to send and represent You. Wash away our fear, as we feel Your strong, calm presence within us, Your firm hand behind us. Give us words to say that would explain perfectly who You are and the shocking good news of the undeserved forgiveness You offer to any humble enough to receive it. Thank you for this exciting, fulfilling assignment.