We’re All Priests

I’m a firm believer in the concept from the Reformation called “The Priesthood of all Believers.”  1 Peter 2:9 is often quoted.  “But you are a chosen people, a royal preisthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…”  The “Priesthood of all Believers” usually refers to the belief that any follower of Jesus Christ can go to God or understand the Bible without any human intermediaries.  But I think it’s larger than this.

At a retreat mentioned on a blog by Mark Roberts  (click on the name to go to his blog) the retreat speaker, Greg Ogden, asked the group…..

How do we help people have expectations that ministry received from fellow gifted members is equal to ministry received from the pastor?

As a pastor I make many hospital calls and don’t mind doing so.  But I also know that those hospitalized also appreciate a card, call or visit from others in the church.  My hope would be that we are all close enough to some other followers of Jesus that their visit would be as comforting and helpful as that of the pastor’s.  I’m not sure this is always the case.  Yet, this is what we’re all to do.  The scripture says to bear each other’s burdens. “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.“(Galatians 6:2) 

Pastors are not to be the only burden bearers!  When you think about it, it’s rather exciting to know that God calls each and every person to be there for other people, to be a “little Jesus” to the other person, as I sometimes refer to it.

Dave

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