New Testament Priests
“Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about a half mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer” (Joshua 3.4 NLT).
The Nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years, but now they are about to take their first steps into their Promise Land. They have never been this way before, so God chose His priest to carry the Ark of the Covenant a small distance away from the people. The people then followed in the wake of God’s chosen leadership into this new area and chapter of their lives. Sometimes we are called to be the “people.” God appoints leaders in our lives who guide us into further intimacy with Christ. We learn by their example and find strength in their confidence to live a life pleasing to God. However, God also calls us to be the “priests.” As Christians, we are chosen by God to be New Testament Priests; and many times God will choose us to be the first in our families, churches or spheres of influence to walk a unique path with God. Others will follow in our wake, so we need to make sure that we cling tightly to the “Ark of the Covenant,” which symbolizes the presence of God. If God has given us authority and influence, we are now responsible for the people who follow our leadership. So if you feel unsure and nervous about the new direction God is leading you away from the crowd, find strength in God and hold firmly to His Word, Promises and Presence. You’ll never know how many people find guidance and confidence by your watching your walk with Christ and who step out on faith because of your example.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2.9 NKJV).