The Lord Yeshua is looking for servants – not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave.

A servant is someone who has a master and puts his master’s interests before his own.

To be Yeshua’s servant, we must know what His interests are and put His interests before our own. We must give up our interests to serve His interests. So, what are Yeshua’s interests? Two things:

One: Yeshua is interested in the salvation of people. So, serving Yeshua means we are to proclaim the message about Him and the salvation He brings to everyone we can. That is our interest. That is our focus. If we’re not doing that, we’re not really serving Him.

Two: Yeshua is interested in growing His Community. After we are saved, we need to become like Yeshua. We need to grow to spiritual maturity. That can only take place in Messiah’s Community. Therefore, we must be active, involved members of a local community of Yeshua-followers. We must learn and grow and be transformed.

But, being an active, involved member of one of Messiah’s communities is about more than our growth. We must do things to help the community grow. We must serve our brothers and sisters in the community.

Are you one of the Lord’s servants? Are you serving Him and His interests, or are you serving yourself?

A servant is someone who follows Yeshua. Where Yeshua goes, He goes. What Yeshua is doing, he is doing. What Yeshua focuses on, he focuses on. What Yeshua is interested in, he is interested in. Are following Yeshua? Are you really?

A servant is someone who hates his life in this world. Hating our life means putting our interests second and putting Yeshua’s interests first. Loving our life means putting our interests first and putting Yeshua’s interests second. Do you hate your life in this world, or do you love your life in this world?

The Lord Yeshua is looking for servants – not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave.

Another way of understanding what the Lord wants from us as servants is by understanding the role of priests.

Under the Sinai Covenant, the sons of Aaron, the priests were God’s special servants. They served Him in special ways.

Under Messiah’s New Covenant, we are priests who serve God in special ways. John wrote this in the first chapter of Revelation: Messiah has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father.

A priest is a mediator between God and man. He brings people closer to God, and brings God and the blessings of God to people.

A priests knows the ways of God and teaches others the ways of God. A priest offers sacrifices. A priest prays and leads others in praise and worship.

Can you imagine a kingdom in which everyone was a priest? In which everyone knew the Lord and served the Lord and brought people closer to God, and offered sacrifices, and led others in praise and worship and taught others the ways of God, and prayed? What an amazing and blessed kingdom that would be!

And that’s exactly what the Lord wanted the newly freed nation of Israel to be. Moses recorded this in Exodus 19: On the first day of the third month after the Israelis left Egypt – on that very day – they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’”

The nation of Israel, when functioning as designed by God, was a kingdom of priests. The nation itself was a priestly kingdom. It was the priest nation among the other nations. The blessings of God flowed from God to Israel to the other nations. The nation of Israel helped the other nations get closer to God.

And each individual within the nation was like a priest – close to God, serving God, praising God, bringing others closer to God and bringing the blessings of God to others.

However, throughout our history, the nation of Israel rarely functioned as designed. We rarely acted like a kingdom of priests. We did not obey the Lord fully. We did not keep His covenant. We did not act like a holy nation.

And when Yeshua arrived, the King of Israel and the High Priest of the New Covenant, the majority of the nation rejected Him. Very bad. So, from the faithful remnant who did receive Him, and from the chosen ones from the other nations who received Him, Messiah created a new nation, a kingdom of kings and priests, a kingdom of royal priests.

In his first letter, Peter described us this way: you are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua … You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2).

This means that every follower of Yeshua is part of a special kingdom – a kingdom of royal priests. And all of us are royal priests – not just a select group, like the priests in the Catholic church. The Word of God is teaching us what is known as the “priesthood of all believers.” Yeshua is our High Priest and all the rest of us are priests who serve under our High Priest. You are a priest. I am a priest.

Since we are priests, we need to know what priests are supposed to do. Let’s look at the Torah, and see what the priests who descended from Aaron did. This will help us understand what we are to do as priests of the New Covenant.

Before they began to serve the Lord, the sons of Aaron needed to be anointed – with blood and with oil. When they were ordained as priests, an animal was killed and blood was put on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Their ears were to listen only to God. Their hands were only to be used to serve God. Their feet were only to be used to walk with God.

How does this apply to us today. We need to be anointed with spiritual blood and spiritual oil. The blood is the blood of Yeshua. We are anointed with the blood of Yeshua when we understand that He spilled His blood for us – to make atonement for us, so that our sins could be forgiven, so that we are reconciled to God so that we can hear God the way we need to, serve the Lord the way we need to, live the right way – the way we need to.

Is that you? Do you know that Yeshua died on the cross for you? Are you listening to God and then doing what He tells you to do? Serving Him? Walking with God, so that you are living your entire life with Him, not just little parts of your life, not just your life on Shabbat between 10:30 and 12:15?

Aaron and his sons were anointed with blood and they were anointed with oil. Oil is a symbol of the Spirit of God. We must be anointed with the Spirit of God. We must receive the Holy Spirit, so that He is living in us and filling us and empowering us for right living and for service. Is that you? Have you received the Holy Spirit? Has He given you new spiritual life? Is He empowering you to serve the Lord?

Priests needed to be holy. They came from a special, set apart family. They ate special food. They wore special clothes. They served in a special city in a special house. We need to be holy. We need to be set apart, separate from sin, separate from the world, set apart for God and His interests. Is that you? Holy, set apart from sin, set apart to serve God and His interests?

Priests needed special clothes. We need special clothes. We need to be clothed with Messiah. Galatians 3: All of us who were immersed into Messiah have clothed ourselves with Messiah. That means that Messiah surrounds us and fills us. And He transforms us. We begin to be like Messiah and to live like Messiah. We begin to look like Messiah. Is that you? Are you looking more and more like Him? When people see you, are they seeing something of Yeshua?

Priests ate special food. Our food is to do the will of the One who sent Yeshua. Our food is the bread and the wine – symbols, prayers for closeness to God, union with God and the people of God; prayers for us to draw life and strength from the risen Son of God, who is full of power and life.

Priests needed to be clean. That’s why there was bronze basin with water in it. The priests washed themselves with the water in it. We need to be washed by the Word of God, washed by confessing our sins, washed by repentance.

Priests needed to be knowledgeable. We need to know God and the Word of God so we can teach others about God and His ways, teach them the Gospel, teach them the way of salvation, teach them the Word of God.

Priests served God. Again, Revelation 1: Messiah has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father. Are you serving Yeshua’s God and Father? Are His interests your interests your interests? Or are you serving yourself?

Priests served people. Priests brought God and the blessings of God closer to people. We serve people by proclaiming the Good News to those at home, at work, at school, in our encounters during the day. We serve our brothers and sisters in a community of Yeshua followers, by doing things to help them and to build up the community.

Priests offered sacrifices. But, before they could offer sacrifices for others, they needed to have sacrifices offered for themselves (see Exodus 29 and Leviticus 16). Is that you? Is Yeshua your sacrifice? Do you know that He is your substitute? That He exchanged His perfect life for yours, exchanging His sinless life for your sinful life? Exchanging His life for your sins? Do you understand that He died and rose from the dead, and that He is the source of your atonement?

Priests offered sacrifices. We offer spiritual sacrifices. We offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. All we are, all we have, we give to Him to do with as He pleases. When we do the right things, things that may cost us, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we serve others instead of ourselves, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we worship God in spirit and in truth, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we give thanks to God and praise God, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we pray for others, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we forgive those who have sinned against us, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we take a courageous stand for the truth, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we proclaim the Gospel in the face of opposition, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice. When we resist temptation, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice.

God is looking for servants. God is looking for priests, not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave.

Is that you? Are you a priest? Are you living like a priest, set apart like a priest, serving God like a priest, serving people like a priest, offering spiritual sacrifices like a priest?

Let’s pray:

Lord, thank You that You have chosen us, and saved us and made us a kingdom of priests. Lord, each one of us is a king, a queen, and a royal priest. Help us live up to our calling. Help us be and do what priests of the New Covenant are supposed to be and do. Help us serve You in the way priests should serve You.