Dr. Phil Chavez
Every man knows deep in his heart that he has to make a sacrifice for something. Each recognizes he must be ready to lay it all down for his family, for his country, or for a great cause. And he feels his sacrifice has to be great for others to respect him and if he is to respect himself. When a male matures, he wants to be known as one who would make that ultimate sacrifice. This is the Priest in every man. Building anything significant takes sacrifice. It costs sweat and blood. The same applies with the Kingdom of God. Sacrifice gives something value. No pain, no gain.
A man’s character is measured by his ability and willingness to give, to offer up, to suffer, to endure.
This mission of the Priest is sewn in every man’s heart. And this stands as his Christian summons. Through Baptism, by regeneration of the Holy Spirit, one becomes part or “a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation” (1Pt 2:9). The baptized possesses spiritual power and anointing. Christ, the ultimate High Priest “has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Rev 1:6). The divine mark of Jesus enables many powers for intercession, for praise, for thanksgiving, and for working wonders. With and in Christ:
“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up,..” (Mt 11: 5).
Indeed, there lies power within a man because of this consecration. No one deserves this. It is a gift. The authority of Jesus Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit confers great gifting. The promises become extraordinary for the believer: “the works that I do he also shall do, and greater than these he shall do,..” (Jn 14:12). One does not possess his own priesthood. It is Christ’s. And when a man performs sacrifice, it flows not from himself, but Jesus.
As one shares in the identity of Jesus, and remains in Him, so too does he share in His Strength.
From the dawn of human creation, sacrifice to the Godhead was carried out. We encounter such accounts in Genesis with Noah, Abraham, the mysterious Priest Melchizedek, and others. We first find sacrifice in Cain and Abel; and their divergence led to the bloodshed of the Priest Abel. Abel’s sacrifice was found worthy; Cain’s wasn’t. Cain’s intense jealously erupted and in his ire struck his brother mortally. To give something worthy to God may cost us dearly. Nonetheless, like Abel, a true man offers his finest—given gladly, bestowed freely, no matter what the cost.
Like Cain, if a man does not give all, he may become jealous and envious; and spend his life in exile.
My brothers, you are not only called to make sacrifice, but also to become the sacrifice. The offering made for God and for others is ultimately oneself. If we dwell in the Lord’s Realm, we cannot pick our destiny. We become an offering, obedient unto death (Phil 2:8-9). Like a calf or an ox, we must be ready for the fierce sacrifice of the altar or the long routine of the plow. To assume Christ’s identity in Baptism means sharing in His priestly mission—even at the price of one’s own blood. “Greater love than this no man has, that one lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).
If summoned, God grants His Presence and Strength. He will not deny what it takes for His Priestly office.