Updated: Jul 28, 2019
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
It was God's will that the whole nation of Israel be a kingdom of priests even as the High Priest Aaron was consecrated for service in the tabernacle. But, even as the LORD delivered His people out of Egypt, they were not immediately delivered from the mentality of slavery. Mental and spiritual redemption, and the ability to have character transformed, takes much longer to achieve because it challenges the choices that each person must make.
As we personally respond to the call of God, we accept the honor as well as the responsibility to serve the LORD with all of our heart, mind and spirit, which involves surrender and yielding of our "free will" to His higher will and purpose for our life. This service is a daily and sometimes moment by moment exercise of choice.
Aaron and his sons are role models to their generation and to ours to continue on to "know" the LORD and discern His commandments and His will and to serve as a priest unto God. In Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to continually grown in consecration to God and to become more fully the people, indeed the priests, He created and redeemed us to be. The decision to serve and to grow is still ours, but the power of God's Spirit of holiness is at work in us to guide us and to enable us in every righteous choice we make. Our challenge is daily to dedicate the 'temples' of our bodies to the LORD and intentionally choose to bring glory to our Father's Name through our Spirit-let thoughts, words and actions.
Seeking to understand the character qualities that enables us to live a life of obedience and true success is attainable. It requires us to seek Him, to study godly principles and then apply these truths to our life and practice them each and every day. Let's seek together to be a light in a dark world, to practice a life that represents our King to this world who so desperately needs to understand His amazing love, grace and purpose and the beauty and order of life as God intended.
Grace = Divine influence upon the heart; reflected in our life.
"How sweet are Your words to my taste..." Psalm 119:103
Credits: A Taste of Torah by Keren Hannah Pryor