If you grew up watching Sesame Street, you might remember one of the songs that went like this—
One of these things is not like the other things
One of these things just doesn’t belong
Can you guess which thing is not like the other thing
Before I finish my song
I sort of feel like that when I consider this list:
If you’re a pastor/priest to your congregation, perhaps you feel like you don’t belong on this list either. But consider this verse of Scripture—
No one takes this honor [of being a priest] upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. (Hebrews 5:4)
God called Melchizedek. God called Aaron. God called Jesus. God called me. God called you, my fellow pastor. It’s honor to be called by God to serve in this role!
We have the honor to represent the people to God, and represent God to the people.
We have the honor to instruct people in the ways of God.
We have the honor of living our lives transparently before people, so they can see a living example of one who sins, confesses, repents, and receives forgiveness; one who is growing in his/her knowledge of Jesus Christ; one who is becoming more Christ-like.
We have the honor of offering up loud cries of petition and intercession for others (see Hebrews 5:7).
We have the honor of humbly and reverently submitting ourselves before God; of learning obedience through suffering (v. 8).
We have the honor of sharing Christ—THE best and perfect priest—with others. He alone is the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him (v. 9) and we have the honor of telling others this amazing news!
My friend, if God has called you, you belong on that list. Discharge your priestly duties with all reverence and humility to God. It is your HONOR to serve God and others this way.