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.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

John 17

And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (verse 3).

What we all want is to go to heaven. And while it is true that there is no sickness, no pain, and everlasting joy there, that should not be the reason for wanting to go to heaven. Neither should a fear of hell. While all of the these things are true, and will motivate us all to some degree, there is really one main reason why we should want eternal life in heaven. And that is because that is where God is.

Eternal life is meaningless without God, just as this life is meaningless without God. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Without God there is no point, not even in heaven with its happiness, heath and painlessness.

You know, we have eternal life now. It isn’t just a future thing. It is now too. We are to know God through Christ now, not just in heaven. We are to glorify Him on earth as in heaven. For once we know Him we have eternal life.

Am I living in such a way as would demonstrate this to a lost and dying world? Do I make it sufficiently clear to those around me that I love Christ above all else? Do they see that I know God? Or do I just look like a slightly sanitised version of themselves?

No comments: