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.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Luke 3:11

And he (John the Baptist) answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Being part of the kingdom of God is a practical thing, with practical implications. We who have more than we need (and indeed, more than we need right now) are to share with those who don’t have enough.

Yet how few of us really do so! I am considered by most people to be “overly generous” because I sponsor “so many” children. But I look around my house and see only plenty. I have so much – far more clothes than two tunics! Far more food than I need for the day! I have mountains of books, of CDs, of tons of little things to make my life “easier”. And all the while a child dies of hunger (often without hearing the gospel) every three seconds. Lord, forgive my shallowness!

When Christ’s body truly rises up and acts as His hand and His feet, then we will change the world. We don’t want to, which is why we don’t. But we must, in order that his name is glorified throughout all the earth.

Lord, have mercy on our superficial, worldly-stuffed souls.

No comments: