Revelation 1:5b-6 What Is Your Purpose?

 

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To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6

Millions of people go through life wondering what their purpose in life is supposed to be. The age-old question of “why am I here?” is asked by people all over the earth, from every nation and age. They seek books and seminars to help them answer that question.

Some will answer that question with the thought that they are there to make money for themselves or for the children. Some will use their talents thinking their purpose is to entertain people. Purpose is often ‘found’ in building a business, politics, family, work, material things gained, or personal joy.

While many of these things may or may not be good, all of them are temporary, short-term purposes. These purposes are not the real reason a person is on this earth.

Man was created to live and work with God and to serve Him. When Adam and Eve sinned, bringing all of humanity down, God set into motion a plan to reverse the fall. Jesus was sent to remove all sin and restore mankind to who he was supposed to be.

Jesus saves people from their sins so that they may be a kingdom who serves God. That is the entire purpose of every person upon this earth–to serve God. In the process of serving God, one will love and serve others, building others up. They will no longer harm anyone, because they will turn away from all sin so that they may serve God.

Many believers will still ask the same question, but the answer is still the same–to serve God.

You may wonder what your purpose is and why you are here on this earth. As a believer in Jesus, your purpose is to serve God. To serve God means you will love Him with all of your heart and will be His witness to every person you meet.

Instead of asking what your purpose is, you can ask how can you serve God today. What can you do to be His kingdom and to build His kingdom?

Jesus died and rose again to free you from all sin so that you may serve God. That is your purpose on this earth. Are you serving Him?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the purpose God has for you; that you will love and serve God with all of your abilities and heart; and that you will find your purpose in serving God.

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Numbers 18:5 Responsible For God’s Sanctuary

“You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again.” Numbers 18:5

The Levites were set apart to care for the sanctuary and altar. They were the only ones who could go before God to offer up the required sacrifices. During the Old Testament times, God would not just anyone to stand before Him. This was a great responsibility for the Levites, because what they did would be to prevent God destroying the rest of the Israelites.

When Jesus had died on the cross the veil that separated the people from God was ripped in two. The way was opened up for people to come directly before God. No longer does a person have to go to a Levite or some other priest in order to get to God.

Believers today are called priests. This makes you responsible for the sanctuary and the altar.

The apostle Paul also calls all believers “the temple of God”. The temple is the new testament sanctuary. It is where people meet with God. It is where God lives in a person.

Too often many people neglect this sanctuary. They stop praying and worshipping God. They allow sin to come in and defile it. They let the altar to fall in disrepair. They forget to offer the sacrifices of praise to God. They do not intercede for others.

Since you are a priest and you are also the temple, you are responsible for that sanctuary. Taking care of the sanctuary means keeping it clean and holy, ensuring the right sacrifices are offered at the right times, standing before God, ministering to God, and interceding for others.

You must care for God’s sanctuary. Jesus has called you to be a light and a witness in this world. Allow God to clean up your sanctuary and maintain it correctly.

Daily take a broom and sweep out the dust in your sanctuary. Keep the oil of the Holy Spirit burning in the lampstand of your sanctuary. Be responsible for His sanctuary in you.

In this way, you may prevent God’s wrath from coming down upon those around you. You will be a witness of God’s love and salvation He provides to every person.

I pray today that you will allow your life to be a sanctuary for God to dwell in; that you will allow God to cleanse your life from all sin; that you will intercede to God for others; and that you will offer the sacrifices of prayer and praise to God.

Revelation 1:4-6 Glory to God

“John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:4-6

John opens the book of Revelation talking to the seven churches of Asia. He begins with a prayer for them to receive grace and peace from God, the seven spirits and Jesus Christ.

You can stand in as a part of those seven churches. Each person today needs to have God’s grace and peace. Grace is God’s favor in your life. You need His favor since all you deserve is death for the sins you have committed.

You also need peace. This peace is between you and God. When you live your life in sin away from God you are at war with God. You are an enemy of God. As a believer there will be peace between you and God.

Notice that this comes from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness, firstborn from the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. Only Jesus faithfully did everything God wanted 100% of the time. He was the first person to raise from the dead on His own. He also rules every king in the world, whether they serve Him or not. Jesus is in absolute control of everything in the world.

Jesus Christ is also the one who loves you. He loved you so much that He shed His blood in death so that you may be freed from your sins and the curse of death.

This was done to make you a kingdom and priest to serve God. You are a part of the kingdom of God. You are separate from this world and it’s ways.

You are also, now, a priest. This means you can go directly before God. You can offer sacrifice of praise and worship directly to God. No longer do you have to go through someone else as happened in the Old Testament times.

All of this is for His glory and power. Everything that Jesus did in the process of saving you is for the glory of God. In this same way, everything that you do should be for the glory and power of God. May God receive all the glory for everything. He has absolute power, but may you also allow Him to have that power over and in your life.

I pray that today you will know the grace and peace of God; that you will be free from all of your sins; that you will serve God as His priest; that you will build His kingdom each day; and that you will give all glory and power to God.

Hebrews 5:6 A Priest Forever

“And he says in another place, ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'” Hebrews 5:6

Prior to this statement the writer talks about how a person is only a high priest when God calls him to that position. Anyone who calls himself a high priest without God’s direct call is false. In this passage he states that God called Jesus a priest in the order of Melchizedek.

What does this mean to be in the order of Melchizedek? Abraham had brought tithes to Melchizedek long before Moses and the law was put into place to bring tithe. This tells us that Jesus is before the law, even though physically He was born nearly 2,000 years after Moses. His High Priest position was set up outside the Law that Moses brought to the people. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. He was set up to do so even prior to the law being in affect. One difference between Melchizedek and Jesus is that Jesus’ High Priesthood is forever. Melchizedek eventually died and no one else followed his priesthood till Jesus came along.

The good news with Jesus being the High Priest forever is that He is our High Priest even today. And unlike any high priest in a church, Jesus is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jesus also knows everything about us, including our thoughts and motives. Since He knows all of this and everything else He also knows best how to help us in our time of need. A priest on earth can only pray for you and guide you with very limited knowledge. Jesus is our perfect High Priest forever, not just till death. There will never have to be another high priest for us to go to.

How can this help you today? When you a facing a difficulty you can go to the perfect High Priest for help. We no longer have to go to a priest in a church today. This can encourage you to be strong for Him. This can give you confidence in being able to go before God knowing there is a High Priest with you at all times. Since Jesus also knows everything about you, you do not have to fear going before Him. He already knows every sin you have done, you cannot hide it from Him. Be willing to go before Jesus to confess all your sins each and every time.

I pray that today you will not fear going to Jesus the High Priest; that you will know and understand that Jesus knows all and knows what is best for you every time; that God will fill you with His peace in knowing Jesus is your High Priest forever; and that God will help you become more like Jesus everyday.