In our last conversation “Build Me An Altar p.1” We were looking at the following verse. If you haven’t read this first part I would ask that you look through it so you can get the fullness of this study.
Exodus 20 ( New living Translation )
24 “Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones. Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use.
Just to recap, I mentioned that God has a specific design for your altar before him. The literal foundation of an altar as noted above are earth and stone. The stones represent the trials we go through and overcome. They are the building blocks of our altar before God. He would use them so that you may come before him recognizing him for what he has done in your life and then present an offering onto him. Peter solidifies this idea of “living stones” when he states:
1 Peter 2
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
This verse is a lesson in of itself but in the context of an altar you can see that God desires us to build an altar, in your secret place, so that we may offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God” So what of this sacrifice. If you recall the scene between Isaac and his father Abraham, Isaac says
Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abrahamreplied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
As you may know Isaac was the sacrifice. A unique request from God to ask a man to offer up is son as a sacrifice. I praise God because he won’t ask of you something he is not willing to do himself. — Thank you Lord for the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, your son. Now God is is still request a live offering from you and that offering is you. Paul writes:
12 Therefore, I urge you,(A) brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,(B) holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform(C) to the pattern of this world,(D) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(E) Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is(F)—his good, pleasing(G) and perfect will.
What God desires is our willingness to give our selves up as a living sacrifice. Dying to our wants, desires and even our needs. Its not only the dark areas, the bad habits, and sin. Yes this is important and vital to our growth as believers and necessary in order to draw closer to Him, but he also asks you to give him your dreams, your aspirations and all your needs. Trust him to meet your every need and guide you to your purposes in him. I am reminded of the scripture that say “Seek ye the kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto this”. Our worship depends on our ability to die to our selves daily. This isn’t something you can just wake up in the morning and say “I am going to die to myself today”. This means we need to, no, we must come before his presence, before this altar and bring our offerings. Give him all that is in us. This will enable for his glory to fall in your life and you will bear witness to his provision, his healing, redemption, covering, his will and his purpose for your life. Now I am preaching to the choir as I am still trying to make it but lets make that commitment today.
Build Him an altar, offer your self as living sacrifice, and wait to see His Glory Fall!
God Bless You!