What Happened to the Offering?

Imagine a sacrifice being placed on the altar during the early days of Israel’s worship. The animal is secured, but in some mysterious way, it is off the altar and gone. That would have been unthinkable. Being on that altar was a death sentence to the chosen beast. Tax your imagination a bit more. The selected animal is not taken and placed on the altar but is coaxed and enticed to climb up on the altar. Before the animal could be secured, it slips off and is gone. Either way, there is no sacrificial offering. It’s gone! Fast forward to today and to a typical evangelistic and/or deeper life appeal. Persuasive words, moving illustrations backed up by some powerful Scripture reach the minds of some listeners. The appeal is given, motivation is generated and there is understandable rejoicing over those who have responded. A few words are given to the responders. Prayer is offered. The service ends, people leave, the responders are thrilled and the next day, gradually, feelings diminish and things return pretty much to normal. What has become of the offering? In a few cases, the offering was complete and endures over the years. In most cases the commitment faded along with the diminishing emotions. Why is this? I suggest that no thorough explanation was given as to what putting one’s “all” on the altar meant. Someone might reply that if a thorough explanation were given, it would take too long and might keep some from responding. That might be a good thing. It is better to have a few who are making a complete surrender than many who are moved only in their emotions and, after awhile, they can’t be found. This leaves the impression that Christianity doesn’t work. Read carefully and thoughtfully this familiar passage in Romans 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (discern) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Selah! If we are going to put “all” on the altar, it is never to come off the altar! A true sacrifice is for the rest of our lives!   Ron

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