Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The Painless Sacrifice

Society nowdays is geared towards painless sacrifices. You know, the "only a dollar a day" type. It's marketed to everyone as something that won't hurt.

But not only is it not the type of sacrifice that Jesus wants from us (think the widow and her two mites) but it isn't even the type of sacrifice that WE want to make.

This thought reminded me of two songs, Pussy Willow and The Impossible Dream:

"She longs for the East and a pale dress flowing
an apartment in old Mayfair.
Or to fish the Spey, spinning the first run of Spring
or to die for a cause somewhere."

"This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause..."

The thing is, we all want to sacrifice something. We want to be able to have a no middle ground kind of life. There's a reason there are so many people who are literally willing to die for their cause. It's because deep down, we don't believe in painless sacrifices. We believe in painful sacrifices.

And perhaps the most painful sacrifice of all - that of Christ's, the just for the unjust.

May all of our sacrifices be built on His, and in line with His will.

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