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, 19 July 2011

Luke 14

So, therefore, anyone of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple (verse 33).

Following Jesus requires us to give up all that we have, or at least be willing to at a moment’s notice. It means following His plans for our lives and not our own. It means seeking a fellowship with His suffering and not just His blessings.

So far, for me it has meant laying down the dream of getting married and having children, and instead preparing to be a single missionary. It has meant giving up my ‘rights’ to ‘my’ money, giving instead to the poor and needy. It has meant spending ‘my’ spare time knitting hats for the homeless rather than reading or playing on the net or socialising.

The cost has been great. None of these things has been easy. I don’t want to die to myself. But Christ has always been there; ready to comfort me at every step. He is with me, and there is nothing better – not my dreams, my money, or anything else.

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