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, 1 May 2012

Philippians 4

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (verse 8)

What do I spend my time thinking about? It is good things, or things that are far from good? And what direction am I moving my thoughts in? Am I heading towards greater purity of thought, or the other way?

My thoughts are not good! I spend time worrying, thinking about gossip, thinking about how people have annoyed me, thinking lustful thoughts or greedy thoughts. It is easy to look at my thoughts and feel appalled. And while that is certainly a valid reaction, it does not capture the massive changes in my thought life that Christ has already wrought and is continuing to do. He is slowly replacing my bad thoughts with His noble one. It is a slow process – my sinful flesh is quick to resist but slow to obey – but it is happening. To God be the glory!

No comments: