I have just completed reading the book of Matthew, fresh in my mind is the Lord’s last days. The sacrifice he made for me, the sacrifice he made for you. Now I begin the book of Leviticus… not knowing what to expect… how will it speak to me, a book of laws that the Jewish people would not be able to full fill completely? Chapters one and two showed me Jesus! Pure, loving and perfect.
God was very specific in how sacrifice was to be made, whether it be a blood sacrifice or a grain offering. It was to be pure and perfect.. Jesus was that! It of course then would be held as important to the one offering it… Jesus again! In these chapters of Leviticus, the offerings made would be a sweet aroma to the LORD.
Jesus’ sacrifice was an atonement for our sins, it was to restore a right relationship between God and us. In all of our shortcomings, Jesus pain, suffering and crucifixion was an act of love for us, a gift of grace. So, I think about this all, and focus on that gift…
With all the things going on in our day to day lives, we can get distracted from his grace. Sacrifice ~ made for me ~ love ~ grace. The Old Testament can seem old, just as it is called. But it is filled with pictures from what is new! As a new Christian, one of the first verses on my own I committed to memory was Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ESV
I am reading through the bible with Good Morning Girls. (http://womenlivingwell.org/2015/04/introduction-to-leviticus-resources-chapters-1-5/) We are being guided to look at Leviticus as a book of Worship… I looked at that verse I memorized so many years ago and wanted to see it in a fresh new light… so on to more modern translations I turn. I love that we can see the word in so many different versions! Here, The Message puts it so clearly,
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
This also goes along with what our message was about on Sunday in King Solomon’s life. Things around us can pull us away slowly, gradually. The key words I took from that was “start well ~ finish well”. When we Focus on Grace, keep our attention on God, he brings out our best! Our best attitudes, our best character, it gives us gratitude for what he has done for us and given us. It helps us to look at all things around us, things going on in our lives that may seem like interruptions, and see them as opportunities! It will help us to finish well! I hope to live my everyday, ordinary life for Him, as a living sacrifice. As I do that, I have peace and joy because of his mercies and grace.
Whatever season you are in, God is on the throne! He is able, he is faithful. Focus on His Grace and live in gratitude. Pace your live before him!