We are called to be Kings and Priests of our God (Revelation 1:6 & 5:10). We are children of the king, called and adopted into His family and all creation groans and waits for these children (Followers of Jesus filled with the Spirit) to mature (become kings). Rom. 8:14-22
Our priestly role displays the love and compassion of God. We are called to mediate and be a priest for God and take up the role of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18), drawing humanity to Jesus. We must mature into a place where we are willing to stand in the gap as Abigail did (1 Samuel 25:23), willing to give up her life as Jesus did. There are many lessons from the story of Abigail. But my point here is that she acted as a priest. She stood in the gap and was willing to sacrifice herself to save her family.
Jesus calls us to be willing to love our enemies. Are you willing to stand in the gap for your enemies? Jesus was. (Rom. 5:10)
To receive Kingdom authority, God teaches us humility through the priestly process. It is a cycle of glory to glory. We learn humility and love as a priest – He then gives us more Kingly authority – then we are given opportunity to go lower again, in our priestly role – when we learn the next lesson He, then, gives more kingly authority. The process goes on and on and on.
But too many think or want to jump straight into a place of Kingship when they have not gone through the priestly process where we learn to love and walk in humility. After all, what is good to and pleasing to God? “He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8 NKJV)