Friday, February 15, 2013

Take My Blood

"Father, take my life, yea, my blood if Thou wilt, and consume it with Thine enveloping fire. I would not save it, for it is not mine to save. Have it Lord, have it all. Pour out my life as an oblation for the world. Blood is only of value as it flows before Thine altar."

Jim Elliot wrote these words in 1948. One thing is certain, whether he consciously reflected on it or not, he understood an important aspect of the significance of the old covenant sacrificial system. At every turn in Israelite life, it called for complete consecration. Israel was set apart to the Lord, and that included every dimension of her existence.

It is really no different for us today. In Jesus, because of his work of redemption, we are living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. This worship, or service, is the foundation of a whole new way of life that puts into practice the will of God. Join us this Lord's Day as we see what the old covenant grain offering can teach us about building a culture of faithfulness.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (#243)
Give of Your Best to the Master (#538)
Trust and Obey (#525)
Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord (#551)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 15:1-18; Psalm 40
New Testament: Luke 9:1-22

Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: The Grain Offering and Our Worship - Leviticus 2

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