Do you realize that you are a king and priest in God’s Kingdom? Do you know that you have been given authority there? Do you wonder what that means for you? Then join us below as we discover the beauty of walking in God-given authority, and how, while responsibility comes with it, we need not fear it!
Believers as Kings and Priests
For many of us, it can be hard to believe that we, as Believers, are meant to walk in authority, let alone as kings and priests according to the order of Melchizedek—a king and priest who interacted with Abraham, then known as Abram. Yet, through Jesus, as we will soon learn, this is possible.
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ …”
We too, as Believers, are made to walk in that Genesis 14 authority, not because we in ourselves have authority, but because Jesus—our King, called a priest according to the order of Melchizedek—lives inside each of us. This authority is not meant merely for our personal benefit, but for the advancement of the Kingdom and the elevation and honor of our God, who is perfect in every way!
“The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
“Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. The Lord has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’
“The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head.” —Psalm 110:1-7
“…having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest ‘according to the order of Melchizedek,’”—Hebrews 5:9-10
Indeed, we do not in ourselves deserve any authority, but through the mercy and love of our God, we are made great so that He alone may be glorified!
“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
Authority, Promotion, and Responsibility
With authority and promotion come responsibility. This is not something to be feared, however, it is something we need to be aware of. Yes, God does the big thing when we do the small, but we need to DO the small thing. Acting responsibly with our authority and promotion becomes easy when we lean on and into God… but it is required.
When a king or priest in the Word was anointed for their higher call, they not only received promotion, but expectations were placed upon their life. Expectations to live, act, and serve their people well—God's people. Once anointed for a higher call and given greater authority, they could not expect to behave the same as before… responsibility had been added to the mix.
We too, as kings and priests through Jesus, are blessed at different points in our lives with new authority and promotion. These are beautiful times, and indeed, God desires us to be happy in them. However, we need to maintain a keen awareness of also gaining greater responsibility in God's Kingdom.
We cannot simply live to enjoy the advantages our authority and promotion carry. Instead, we have to start thinking about the greater good of God's Kingdom and people. We, though being kings and priests in Jesus, must, like He did, behave in many ways as a servant. Knowing that we are sons and daughters of the King of kings, but loving God and His people so greatly, that we serve them through Him. That we fulfill God's will above our own.
Authority and promotion, if not used to benefit God’s Kingdom, is as useful as a single grain of sand in the sea. Only when placed inside the confines of God’s plans for us can it be changed into something more… like the caterpillar in a cocoon being transformed into a butterfly.
With great authority comes great responsibility. We can choose to reject the authority God offers and therefore the responsibility, yet, by doing so, we would be rejecting God's will—His call and purpose for our lives. We would be rejecting true fulfillment!
Accepting Authority, Promotion, and Responsibility without Fear
Change can be challenging. Even realizing something for the first time—shifting our perspective—can be unnerving. The enemy wants to keep us where we are, and so, every time it appears as if we might step into an increased level of authority or accept a promotion laid forth by God, the enemy will do whatever he can to dissuade us from accepting.
It is only by realizing that we are not alone… that with Jesus inside of us—the true authority—we do not need to give in to the fear the enemy tries to pour upon us. We can accept the truth of God, that through HIM we are able to do all things! That in HIM we can use any authority and promotion God places upon us for HIS Kingdom good… accepting the responsibility and privilege of it without fear!
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”—Matthew 19:26
We need not fear. With God all things are possible and we, like those who came before, can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:13
It is time to stand up, straighten our shoulders—not slumping in fear—and accept whatever our loving Father lays before us. It is time to rise into all God has for YOU and me without fear!
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