Royal Priesthood

There's something about a cape that makes me feel like royalty. When I put it on I feel confident and powerful, like I can take on the world. As I ponder what it is about a cape that has the ability to do this, thoughts of royals and superheroes flood my mind. There's a sense of power associated with a cape. We have that same power through the Holy Spirit when we put on the armor of God. As I reflect on Thanksgiving, I am thankful to serve a God who understands our desire to feel important, powerful and loved. He created us to be a royal priesthood, which means that we are spiritual leaders.  1 Peter 2:4-10 is a great description of the call we have to be a light in the darkness:

"As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.' So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,' and 'A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.' They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share with others what God has done for you and what you have to be thankful for. Let's not only invite others into our homes for a meal; let's invite them into His marvelous light by sharing the gospel.

"Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you." – Psalm 63:3

Photography by Justin James

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