Sometimes, I struggle with the ‘point’ of things. What’s the point speaking up? Just be quiet and don’t bother people. What’s the point of telling people about my faith anyway? What’s the point of flooding people’s timelines with bible verses, and articles and worship music, makes no difference- might as well keep it to myself.
And what’s the point of a Praise Challenge anyway? These questions may be due to my deeply introspective personality, or the fact that I can be quite critical of things including myself. And of course the devil seeks to devour our faith (see 1 Peter 5:8-9) which is why the bible says that we must take every thought captive and bring it into submission to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
So, I’d feel led by the Spirit to do something, I go ahead and take the plunge and then doubts set in. But whatever it is, the past few days some of these questions floated at the back of my mind. Then on Day 5 of this year’s praise challenge I woke up to a devotional from one of my favourite websites, with the following title:
“A Priest Calls People to Worship.”
Wow. Sometimes God smacks you across the head with just a few gentle words. This was one of those times. The truth is, we aren’t called to just experience God and keep the wonder to ourselves, ‘a city set on a hill cannot be hidden’, right? We are called to ‘go public’ with the news of His goodness. Immediately I saw the devotional title that morning, I thought of 1 Peter 2:9:
“But you are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
We are both called to worship, and called to call others to worship Jesus, as a royal priesthood. When we understand the sheer magnitude of this calling, we really shouldn’t have time to be self conscious about anything because we live only for an audience of One.
We are a Royal priesthood. Chosen. You & I. So that we may proclaim praises of the One who called us out of darkness into marvelous light. Jesus is our High Priest, and those who believe in him as the Son of God and accept him as Lord and Saviour become His royal priesthood. We proclaim praises because we’ve been called out of darkness into marvelous light- and must also perform our function as a royal priesthood- calling people to worship, caring for their spiritual lives (which begins with leading them to Christ and making them disciples), making intercession for them, and caring for them. We are called to share in the work of Jesus, our High Priest.
This is our worship- being a living sacrifice to God, a willing vessel, used for His will alone. A priest calls others to worship. The beautiful thing about God is He does everything with a ripple effect. Your purpose is connected to that of so many others. You’re being blessed so that you can be a blessing to so many others.
And so, our life of worship is meant to encourage so many others to worship too. We are designed to bring God glory. Hearts that encounter us should encounter Jesus too.
Too many times we can end up coasting through life not understanding who we are in Christ. We end up leading lackluster, mediocre lives because we prefer to live in restraint, remaining in our comfort zones, not realizing that we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The power to go out and proclaim the gospel, teach, exhort, and transform people’s lives through the power of God’s Word which is ‘alive and active, shaper than any two edged sword, dividing even soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart‘(Hebrews 4:12).
I write and post this to remind myself, as much as I write to anyone who will be encouraged these words. Brothers and sisters, we are called to worship. Not just in song, but with our very lives. We are called to exhibit the glory of the Lord, so much so that others see us and seek to know Jesus, our great, and magnificent High Priest.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” (Hebrews 4:14)
Love and light,