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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kings and Priests

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The Bible describes two very different roles in the Old Testament-kings and priests. Kings were the rulers; priests were the religious leaders. The New Testament reveals we all are kings and priests because of the redeeming work of Christ.

Today, kings are most often represented by business and political leaders, while pastors represent the priestly roles. God calls each of us to perform both roles in our lives today. However, our vocational roles often create a division that is misunderstood by both the people working in the world as well as their pastors. These misunderstandings have led to a weakened and less effective Church.

Many Pastors have been guilty of viewing the members of their congregations as dollar signs. They sometimes see people for what they can contribute to the ministries of the churc instead of equipping and training them to use their gifts and talents to impact the mission field-their workplace.

On the same token, businesspeople have tried to get pastors to operate their churches like businesses, and have used their worldly ways for spiritual purposes. They often view the pastor as the primary ministry (in many cases, the ONLY ministry member) worker instead of taking on the responsibility themselves to do the work of the ministry.

This is a very sad sin that exists in the Body of Christ, and it requires repentance and change from both groups. Unless we recognize this, we will never see the reality of revival that God wants to bring to the working community, and pastors will fail to gain an ally to fully complete the work of the Church in their community.

Are you a pastor who has failed to see the calling that businesspeople have received to the workplace? If so, ask God to forgive you for viewing your businesspeople as those to be used for your own purposes.

Are you a businessperson who sees your church as another business to be run based on worldly measurements? Do you see the pastor's role as one who is primarily responsible for the work of the ministry? If so, you must repent and ask God to forgive you of this unbiblical view. God has called both of you to fulfill His purposes together through your gifts and talents.

Praying that everybody becomes a minister,
Pastor Mike


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