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.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

The Lopsided Vessel

Most people are aware of the passages in the Bible that talk about God being the potter while we are the clay he shapes into vessels that suit His purposes. I've been thinking a bit about this recently.

How exactly would a vase, or any other vessel, look if it didn't want one bit of itself worked on, and kept on jerking itself out of the potter's hands? Pretty silly, really. It'd be all beautiful in most sections, but one section would be... well, a blob of clay. And if the clay were sentient, we'd think it was pretty stupid (to be completely honest) for not letting that one area be worked on.

Except WE are the clay. And we are sentient, and yes, we are pretty stupid (at least some of the time). Seriously, how often do we keep one little area of our lives out of the reach of God. We think he will be happy with 90%. I mean, come on, it's 90%. That's a High Distinction! That's awesome, and way more awesome than those slacker Christians who are only giving about 20% of their lives, or even worse, those atheists who aren't giving a single bit at all!

But God wants 100%. Everything. And in some ways, the vessel with just a little bit out looks sillier than the one that is barely shaped at all. And a life that is Godly in all but one area is more likely to be held up to ridicule by the world than the life that seems just a little better than that lived by most.

We all have different areas of our lives that WE JUST DON'T WANT GOD TO TOUCH. I know I do. But we have to self-consciously and consistently offer them to Him. And when we get tempted to take them back, we have to re-offer them, again and again and again.

Until we are fashioned into the vessels that He wants us to be.

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