Priest, child and friend

Ezekiel 1:1

Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

This was a significant date for Ezekiel. It was when he started to serve as a priest which have him an authority to speak to those around him. He was saying – look, now that I’m a priest you need to listen to me.

We can all identify that we are priests to God, if we know Him. It could be that we can specify an exact time that we became a Christian, or perhaps it was a gradual progression to coming in to faith. But we can all know with a surety that we are children, friends and priests of God.

Being a priest means that we have access into the holy of holies because of His blood. Being a child means that we have all the rights (and responsibilities) that go with belonging to our Father. Being a friend means we have His attention and affection.

Being a priest means that we bring God to others, and others to God. Being a child means that we represent the family and bring the families service and values to those outside of the family. Being a friend means that we can extend the friendship of God to those who aren’t yet friends with Him.

Ezekiel noted that his experience of life right now was challenging and less than perfect! He was in exile – a prisoner. Yet in that state the heavens were opened and he saw visions of God.

God always wants to show you Himself. Not because of some egotistical need to be praised, but because He is the definition of life. Looking to and at Him brings more of His life into our lives. Remember that anything not of Him, or out of context from the way He planned things to be, results in decay and ultimately death in us. Seeing Him brings revelation, a way forward, action, partnership and life!

Lord, help me to see myself as and to live like a priest, child and friend of you. Amen.