How many of us feel our work is not “spiritual” enough or doesn’t matter in God’s grand design? Understanding this concept of a priesthood of all believers can help us see how all our vocations bear great importance.

The “priesthood of all believers” is an important Biblical idea that has great implications for our personal spirituality, our public life in the church and the world, and our work.

So what is the “priesthood of all believers,” and what does it have to do with faith & work?

When Martin Luther referred to the priesthood of all believers, he was maintaining that the plowboy and the milkmaid could do priestly work. In fact, their plowing and milking were priestly work. There was no hierarchy in which the priesthood was a “vocation” and milking the cow was not. Both were tasks that God calls us to do, each according to their gifts.

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