SUMMARY: Special identity
OVERVIEW: The high priest was identified by specific clothes and items he wore. He was designated to represent the people before God on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (the day the people prayed for forgiveness of their sin).
BIG IDEA: God has chosen you.
KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 2:9 (Peter on our identity)
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Specific clothing identified my priests during the old covenant. The blood of Jesus marks you, and the Holy Spirit seals you. I have set you aside to serve me. No longer are my priests merely descendants from a particular family line. Now they (you!) have been bought at a price, purchased by Jesus. I want you to praise me and serve others. I’m commissioning you to help others see that I know them and love them.
Your first priority—one that never ends—is to be in a relationship with me. Talk to me! Because Jesus is your high priest, you have constant access to me. There is no line to stand in or number to select while you wait your turn. I am available now, and I will be available later. Set aside times to be still and listen, but I want our relationship to be like your breathing—automatic and second nature. I’ve got plans for you today. Come and listen.
Practice “prayer first.” As soon as a need arises, a problem develops, or fear emerges, stop and pray. Often we do our best to fix the problem and, when necessary, pray as a last resort. Turn that strategy around. Today, pray first!