Friday, December 20, 2013

First Things First

On the day of dedication of "Solomon's Temple," the king erected a brazen platform in the outer court.  All the people gathered, as the king ascended the platform, in full view of the altar.  The altar would be the site of many offerings, many sacrifices.  However, before the first sacrifice, the first exchange of money for doves or lambs, the king offered himself on the brazen platform. 

This is much like the Macedonian Christians whom, Paul said, "first gave their own selves to the Lord" (2 Corinthians 8:5).  When we give, pray, lead, witness, conduct business, change a diaper, do homework, drive to the mall, there is a calling to "do all as unto the Lord." 

We may want to do much "for" the Lord, however we must be surrendered "to" the Lord's will for those deeds to be acceptable. 

Thought for Today

  • When it comes to giving, put yourself in the offering plate first! 
  • When it comes to business, determine He will be the Senior Partner. 
  • When it comes to anything -- remember Solomon's Temple -- it was immersed in consecrating prayer and surrender to the Lord's will before a single sacrifice was placed upon the altar.

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