You don’t have to be a pastor to have a relationship with God.
This is one of the central themes of my life and to me it is one of the most important things that Christians need to learn.
I’m not going to go into all of the teaching here, I might do that another time but it comes down to this:
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
No matter whether you have a pastor, priest, bishop, vicar, reverend or whatever you may call them, we tend to think in terms of two-class Christianity.
One class is the leaders (pastor, priest, bishop etc etc) and the second class is everyone else. Try as we might, we all too often think in terms of these classes, creating a ‘priesthood’, whether you use the word ‘priest’ or not.
The problem with a priesthood is that when we have one, we can easily slip into thinking of them as ‘better Christians’ or people who are closer to God. Somehow we think that God listens to members of the priesthood more or that he speaks to them and not to us.
The verse from 1 Peter above blows that idea out of the water. It is written to all Christians. All Christians. That means YOU.
You are part of the royal priesthood. You are a priest of God. You have a direct connection with Jesus Christ. There is no-one who should try to come between you and God, it is your right as a born-again child of God to be able to talk with Him directly.
I was reminded of this when I read this comment by Ruth on The 12 Days of Christmas Challenge:
Ok to be honest, I have been thinking about this and not praying about it. I really want to do it, but it’s so scary. I will be praying to ask if it’s what God wants of me, which now that I say that it’s kinda funny to even ask God if He wants you to do what He already told us to do in the Bible. So I’m in, but I will be praying that God will guide and direct me to where He wants me to help and give.
She didn’t need a priest or pastor to reveal to her that the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge is nothing new, it’s just what God has already instructed us to do in the bible, the Holy Spirit helped her see and understand it directly.
You can hear from God too. You don’t need someone else to tell you what God has to say to you – He wants to talk to you personally.
That doesn’t mean that God cannot speak to you through other people. He definitely gives people things that He wants them to pass on to others – we mustn’t place limits on what God can do or how He can do it. What’s is important though is that you reaize the wonderful position that you are in, the wonderful gift that you have been given.
You have been made a child of the Most High – and who doesn’t want to have personal relationships with their children?