Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Burn it all up!



Back in the day when Moses roamed around God met him up on Mt Sinai. On the mountain He gave Moses directions for what the temple was to look like and how it was to function. This is all towards the end of the book of Exodus. Then beginning in Leviticus God gives sacrificial rules and regulations for Israel. Through out the entire book rules are set for Israel. God continually reminds them that He is the god that brought them out of Egypt and is worthy of their sacrifices. So Israel did exactly (some of the time) what He asked and sacrificed to God. God isn’t a big fan of left overs either. In the sin offering if any meat if left over from the offering the priests are told to burn it up. The idea here is that God requires a complete offering, a complete sacrifice to atone for sins. Fast forward to the time of Christ; Jesus knew the entire time of His ministry what the climax and resolution would be. Jesus had to die to complete the atonement of sins for the entire world that would put their faith in Him. There was no prick of the finger or blood drive that Jesus attended. He died on the cross; His blood was shed, completely. God requires sacrifices and offerings to be complete, there is no such thing as a partial offering or sacrifice to God.
Sunday I was reminded of this, that God requires full offerings. In Romans 12:1-2 Paul gives a lovely definition of what true worship is. In 12:1 Paul urges us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and pleasing to God and says that that is true worship. Each morning I wake up and submit myself to the Lord and each day I try my hardest to give my full self to God. I wonder how many days I give Him a partial sacrifice. In the Old Testament days if a priest brought anything but a total offering and totally ate it or totally burned it up, God would not accept it. I know that we are accepted under the blood of Christ, but how much of ourselves are we truly offering God? Is it a partial offering? Partial offerings don’t work for Him. So may you think to give Him all of you and truly worship Him by giving your whole self as a sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him.

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