It’s one life lived for God. You are worship. Your life is worship.
This was invasive to them. Sometimes it’s intrusive to us. God wants every single part of us, and that’s what He expects. This is our whole life, our whole being, burning for God 24/7.
The fire must not go out. Every single one the first century Christians knew about the burnt offering. They knew about the consumed burnt offering. The burnt offering was the first offering ever to be ordered by God. You see, we are the burnt offering. Our lives become that burnt offering.
The altar of the burnt offering was front and center.
Your life is front and center. Everything you do in view of God’s mercy, front and center, it is lived for God. There is nothing hidden. The burnt offering was the first offering and it was the foundation. It was the foundation because the fire of God came down from heaven, and set on fire this offering (Leviticus 9:24).
Men didn’t set the fire. The fire from God came down and set this offering on fire. It was the job of the priest to keep the fire going. They had to add wood every day. They had to bring that unblemished lamb to put it on the altar every single day, but the fire originated with God. It was the basis for every single offering. The fire that God set on this offering became the seed for every other offering to be ignited. In other words, when they needed the fire for the coals for the altar of incense they had to go to the altar of sacrifice because that’s where it originated from.
Remember Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus? The Bible speaks about strange fire. It was because they added fire that did not come from heaven.
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the Lord by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded (Leviticus 10:1, NLT).
That’s why a lot of times in the body of Christ, you go places and things are a little strange because men are lighting their own fires.
The fire that God set on that altar became the seed for every other offering to be ignited. So what does that say to us today? When we get saved, God puts inside of us the power of the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit originated in heaven. Man didn’t give it to us. We didn’t get it by giving money or joining a ministry. When we get saved and God sends the power of the Holy Spirit, He baptizes us with fire. With the Holy Spirit burning in our heart—we now ignite fresh works for God.
Our life is that offering.
Our life is that worship.
Now because we’ve been ignited by God, we ignite other people’s lives.
Question: What’s on the altar of your heart? How much of your heart is burning for God today?
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