Mechanized or Vitalized?

“Do Not Disturb” seems to be the desire of too many who profess faith in Jesus Christ! Locked into a comfortable routine, have we become mechanized? A model train that mechanically runs in a circle, on a small charge of power, and actually gets nowhere, describes the lives of many who claim salvation. And a “bored” world looks on and says, “Not for me!” On the other hand, those with lives vitalized by the Gospel may be considered fanatics but will earn respect or evoke curiosity and even generate motivation in some to long for that kind of excitement. This is possible, especially when our lives are excited over forgiveness, cleansing, peace, joy, hope, meaning and purpose. Another way of putting it is that we have an abundant life that is attractive to many who have drifted along in Satan’s slavery, while inwardly longing for what we should be exhibiting. Are you excited about Jesus, about salvation, about the Bible, about the Presence of God in your life? If not, give yourself wholly to God, devote a good deal of time and energy to cultivating a relationship with Him. Throw yourself completely on His altar and the fire will fall and consume the offering. May the cry of your heart be that of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:20-21: “According to my earnest expectation and (my) hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but (that) with all boldness, as always, (so) now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether (it be) by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” The title of Elisha A. Hoffman’s hymn asked this question, “Is Your All On the Altar?” The lyrics tell how we can have a vital and exciting walk with God: “You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, and have earnestly, fervently prayed. But you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, until all on the altar is laid. Would you walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, and have peace and contentment alway? You must do His sweet will to be free from all ill – on the altar your all you must lay. O we never can know what the Lord will bestow of the blessings for which we have prayed, ’till our body and soul  He doth fully control, and our all on the altar is laid. Who can tell all the love He will send from above, and how happy our hearts will be made, of the fellowship sweet we shall share at His feet when our all on the altar is laid. Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart does the Spirit control?  You can only be blest, and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul.” Selah! Vitality enters the lives of those who place “all” on the altar for God to sanctify and use.    Ron

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