Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"The priests who are near the Lord shall eat the most holy things"
Oh the sweet joy of "ministering to the Lord" (Acts 13:2). In the Old Testament, the specially privileged priests who ministered to the Lord would step into the inner court, next to the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt (Ezekiel 44). In our day, as a kingdom of priests to our God (Revelation 1:6), We know that as Christians we have become "a temple of God and that the Holy Spirit dwells in you" (1 Corinthians 3:16). The presence of God, the Holy of Holies, lives in us now; "Christ in you, the hope of glory" is what the apostle Paul declared (Colossians 1:27).
The inner court is within us now as well, that special privileged place in our inner being where we recognize our identity as priests unto the Lord. In the inner court in the Old Testament there were three items: the lamp stand, the table of shew bread, and the altar of incense. Each of these items represent Jesus Christ as we minister as priests in His presence. Jesus Christ is our lamp stand; His is the one and only light in the inner court. He is the light of our world. Jesus Christ is our table of shew bread, where we come into His presence and "eat" of Him, our bread of life, our daily bread, truly eating "the most holy things."
The altar of incense represents our inner communion with Jesus Christ as all our prayers ascend through Him, our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), to God our Father. In the inner court there is the light of Christ, the bread of Christ, and unbroken perfect communion with Christ in spirit. This is what eating the most holy things is all about. Today, step into His presence and practice your priesthood in the inner court. Come beloved child of God, take on the mantle of your priesthood, and "eat the most holy things" in the presence of your gracious God and High Priest. Hallelujah!