The second thing Paul told the Christians in Rome is that they needed a “priestly ministry.” Huh? That’s right, Paul told them:
“Not only do you need to be reminded of the truth, but you need an example to follow. You need somebody you can see doing this kind of thing. That is what God has given me the privilege of doing. I have been called of God into this ministry, not only to be an example of leadership, but also to be like a priest working in the temple, to awaken among you a sense of worship, a sense of the greatness of God.”
You know, I think all of us need that. I know I do. Recently, I was sharing emails back-and-forth with a brother that said he felt, as he described it, “sort of dead inside.” I bet that is something all of us have felt at one time or another. Despite all the exciting things happening in our lives, despite all the tremendous encouragement we receive, there are times when we need to get our eyes off our circumstances and stand before the greatness of God. That is when we see Who it is we are dealing with, and Who it is that is working through us. That is why Paul wrote the book of Romans! He did not write this letter to show how special he was or how much he had learned from Jesus. No! That is why we have in the eleventh chapter that passage dealing with how great God is:
Oh, the depth of the riches, the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11:33)
If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome