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Priests of the Lord and Ministers of our God

"But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves." (Isaiah 61:6)

Isaiah 61 is the Nazareth Manifesto of our Lord Jesus. He uttered the words in the synagogue and said that this Scripture was fulfilled in their midst. It shows the transformation that comes to a person when he meets the Messiah. In the Old Testament, God called the children of Israel as a kingdom of priests. In the New Testament, He has given this calling to the church. A priest offers sacrifices and represents the nation before the Lord. He is in charge of worship. His only focus is to give glory and honor to the Lord. When the Lord transforms a person, it changes the spiritual position and possessions. It's all about the Lord and His glory for a person transformed by the Lord. They shall be named as the Priests of the Lord and men shall call them the Ministers of our God. 

You are in charge of the spiritual environment where God has called you to be. When we see a culture of sin around us, as priests of the Lord we should intercede and long for a revival. As we fulfill the calling of God, He will provide our needs. This was a prophetic utterance of Isaiah to the people of Israel. Though many Jews have not yet accepted the Messianic fulfillment in Christ, they will all see the Lord one day. The Lord shall open their eyes to see the One whom they have pierced and they shall repent. They shall again take up the priestly position and eat the riches of the Gentiles. Today the church purchased by the blood of the Lamb and protected by the Spirit of God is the priesthood of God on the earth. Never forget the responsibility that comes with salvation - you are a priest and you are a minister of God. Work with passion in your local church. Be a transforming agent in your community. Be an intercessor and take up the priesthood the Son has entrusted you.

For further reading: Exodus 19:6, Revelation 1:5-7