The Clergy and Laity: Knowing Your Stand

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.” – Germany Kent

A clergy is formal leader within established religions, while a laity is an individual who is just a member of the religious sect. In this article, I will be concentrating just on Christianity.

There used to be a difference between the clergy and the laity until Christ came. God’s original plan for every believer is to build a personal relationship with him. However, Christianity has become a one-way street, and believers depend solely on spiritual leaders to satisfy their spiritual needs.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”. Hebrews 4:16,

It appears that many Christians have forgotten the main purpose of their faith. In reality, it’s all about a close relationship with God and prayer is a powerful tool to develop that relationship with God. Unfortunately, only a few church folks utilize its power. Several believers entirely depend on men or women of God for spiritual sustenance and communion with God. Christ bore the ultimate sacrifice in giving direct access to the father. “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” Mathew 27:51. This bible verse illustrates the removal of a barrier between God and man. It means we have direct access to God.

The primary purpose of salvation is to redeem sins and breach the gap between Jesus Christ(the Son), the Spirit, the Father, and Man. “ For through him we both have access to the Father by one SpiritEphesians 2:18. God’s grace was made sufficient for anyone who truly accepts him as the one and only saviour of the world as seen in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Choosing Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour is one important step, but knowing him for yourself conceals your faith.

The Clergy and laity are equal before God. He sees them the same way, and he desires both to communicate directly with him without restrictions. It involves time and effort to maintain a constant fellowship with God, but there is something always satisfying about trusting God with your life.

Trusting God does not mean believing he will do what you want, but rather believing he will do everything he knows is good.” – Ken Sande.

How do you build this relationship with God? It all begins with a personal interaction. Here are a few steps.

  • Set a time daily to pray and read God’s word
  • Speak to God about everything
  • Join a community of like-minded Christians
  • Trust God and listen to his voice
  • Leave the weight of your sins on him

Always remember that the clergyman took a back seat before becoming a leader. The minister of God you admire was not born a clergy. He made his ways straight and built a solid relationship with God, and you also can. You’ve probably heard him preaching about the importance of prayer. You may not disagree, but you still doubt if you can speak to God and have supernatural miracles and visitations. Depending on others to pray for you is not a bad idea, but the responsibility of your life rely more on you. So, when you undermine your power and influence as a true believer, you are missing the whole essence of Christianity.

Salvation is not a set of rules and regulations, it’s the start of a continuous relationship with God. Developing a close relationship with God is not a one-off thing. Whether you are a clergy or laity, you have a purpose to fulfill on earth, and it is only possible through active communication with God. God desires a life of fruitfulness for anyone and everyone who believes in him. He wants you to be open with him, and walk in the light of His glory. As a clergy or laity, your ultimate goal is to build and strengthen your spiritual antenna in hearing God for yourself. Let Him in, and establish a right standing with Him.  Pray, and become your priest.

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