FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
“As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:4, 5 (ESV)
IDENTITY: YEAH, BUT GOD SAYS YOU HAVE A MINISTRY
A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. Turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place for their outing. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last! For about six months they cleaned up the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.
After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years…six years…Then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, “SEE! I knew you wouldn’t wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.”
God has chosen each and every one of His followers for a special ministry. 1 Peter 2:5 says one of the things God chose us for is “to be a holy priesthood.” And the job of a priest is to minister God’s grace to others. A big difference between Catholics and Protestants is that Protestants believe in the “priesthood of the believer.” That means all believers can hear from God and all believers can minister to others.
We can choose to be like the little turtle and get distracted and make excuses about our ministry. Or we can pray and ask God where and how He wants us to minister to others. You don’t have to be the fastest, most talented or most gifted. You just have to be available and willing. What unique ministry has God called you to do? If you don’t know begin to ask Him to show you how He wants to use you to be a “priest” to others.