Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fully Engaged

Today I was grabbed by this passage..."When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock...And (you) shall kill it...And (you) shall cut it into pieces." (Leviticus 1:2 , 11, 12 ESV)

For whatever reason, I thought that the "bloody" part of the Old Testament sacrificing was always handled by the priests--somehow I missed the individual's role.

But in reading through the text, I see how each person was fully engaged in the process of sacrifice. There was no second-hand experience...you were totally involved in the process.

There are times I find myself disengaged or distant as I approach God--whether in my time alone with Him or at a church service. This cannot possibly be what God wants from me.

The apostle Paul shows me how I need to come..."present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God." (Romans 12:1 NASB)

God wants all of me involved in my relating with Him.

I bet that's what Jesus meant when He said..."You must love the Lord your God will all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength." (Mark 12:30 NLT)