On our bulletin we have a box listing the staff of the church and on the first line it reads: “Ministers…. The Congregation.” It is important to define the body of Christ as those whose ‘job’ it is to go forth in ministry to the world. All Christians everywhere have the charge to go forth into their world to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
The idea that all Christians are part of this work of the church first originated during the Reformation and was referred to as the ‘priesthood of all believers’. It is not the role of just the pastor or priest, but the role of all believers to be priests in their world by being the witness and presence of God to those in their midst, to their neighbors.
Clergy do have a role to fill. Those calls to formal ministry must offer the sacraments and must lead, teach, guide, and equip the people of God to be minnisters to their neighbors. These clergy and the whole body of Christ prays for one another, encourages one another, hold one another accountable, supports one another, and works alongside one another. All of us together help build the kingdom of God here on earth.
Jesus Christ was and is and is to come. We, as the priesthood of all believers, must carry His message of love and grace and forgiveness out into a world living in darkness. As believers we must all be Christ’s witnesses and presence in the world through our words, actions, and deeds. Today may we represent well.
Scripture reference: Revelation 1: 4b-8