But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9(NIV).
In this very next verse, Peter contrasts being stones and obstacles to faith to being God’s special, called people. Others may trip and fall; some may be crushed. These people may even be us. Yet those who follow Jesus are also set apart to share light in darkness, to serve as His servants in the crushed and broken world.
That’s you. That’s me. Personally, I think you look great in your priestly garb, whether it’s robes, jeans, or flip flops. Me, I’m feeling pretty dapper as well, though perhaps a little chubby around the midsection. Whatever you’re wearing, wear it proudly, then make your ministry about doing something for Jesus in your own way. Be authentic; be yourself. Use the gifts God has given you and only you to share something about Jesus with someone else. That may mean you become a called servant, that you find a seminary and do what’s necessary to earn the title of “pastor.” Good for you!
Or it may mean you live kindly towards others, rarely quoting Scripture, maybe even rarely saying the name Jesus to other people but being His true sister or brother anyway. Or it could mean you do that same thing and, when asked why (because eventually someone will ask) you tell them about Jesus and how He saved you, then you felt compelled to live your life in such a way to serve as His royal priest or priestess.
Maybe you’re a fire & brimstone evangelist; maybe you’re a nurse or blogger or firefighter or policeman. Maybe you’re a work from home parent, or a student in college; a hairdresser, a welder, a teacher, a manager, a trucker driving over the open road. From time to time, you and I actually are the stone God lays in Zion for others to trip over. From time to time, we’re that capstone that crushes someone whose words and actions have earned that. Occasionally, we trip and we are the ones crushed.
Yet we are here to live our lives as followers of Jesus as the people He has chosen to take His message of salvation, peace, and true freedom to a scared, locked-down world that needs to know that more than ever. We do it by living our lives genuinely, where we are, using the talents He gave us, being ready at any time to tell why we live in peace and love. He saved us so that we could use our lives and priestly words to praise Him so that others might see us and say, “there’s something about them and I want to know more.”
For further reading: Deuteronomy 10:15, 1 Samuel 12:22, Isaiah 62:12, Acts 26:18, Titus 2:14, 1 Peter 2:10
Lord Jesus, make me worthy to be Your priest here today.