30 Days of Identity: I am a Priest
Read this 60 Second devotion. Each day, based on our verse of the day, we will add one new label to our Christian identity. At the end of 30 Days, we will have a life affirming, identity forming declaration. This is life changing stuff! --- Day 22
The Word - "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." - 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
A Thought - Years ago, as I was walking through a hospital, I passed a woman and her sick child then a Catholic priest. The priest stopped in front of the woman and her child and said, "Here, let me bless this little one." Instantly, I felt anger well up within me. I thought, "Wait a minute. I'm a priest. The Bible says so. Why didn't I stop to pray for that sick child?" Since that time, I try to remind myself that I should always live as if I'm wearing a Catholic priest's collar; a declaration to the world of my calling and responsibility. It sure keeps me on the straight and narrow, and from time to time that thought emboldens me to pray for a stranger.
If we are to live like priests, we must live lives that internally and externally declare the excellencies of Jesus, our Savior. On our own, it is an impossible task, but when Christ lives in us and we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, it is not only possible, it's probable.
My Prayer of Declaration - Lord, because of You, I am a New Creation, I am Forgiven, I am Reconciled to God, I am Free, I am Loved, I am complete, I am a citizen of Heaven, I am God's Child, I am Strong, I am not afraid, I am God's Masterpiece, His Ambassador, His Witness and He Welcomes me. I am a Servant of God (just like Jesus), I am more than a Conqueror, I am Holy, I am becoming more like Jesus every day, I have been delivered from darkness, I am chosen, and I am a priest! - All blessing, honor, glory, power and praise are Yours, Amen.
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