And it’s not that platform at Church.
I’m not that sure how terribly out of place it is, that we reserve an area at Church and deem it holy, but when the reverence we hold for that space begins to look like worship, we’re then beginning to cross holy lines, methinks!
Because, what in fact, is an altar?
At the altar, we come before God with reverence, in worship, bearing our sacrifice.
And since it’s one thing to offer our sacrifice, and a completely different story for our offering to be acceptable, I’d say we should be more concerned with seeing that our gifts are acceptable to God.
Maybe we should spend more time loving our neighbours, and settling differences with our brothers instead of focusing too much on the gifts we’re bringing to God, or even worrying too much about the decorations at that dedicated platform at Church, if they’re sufficient or not.
Because when you think of it, our altar today, is not even in Church.
Let us go therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach. Hebrews 13:13.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17.
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee;
Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23-24.
And then this,
The altar God raised for us at Calvary, was not only outside the Church, it was also between two thieves.
So let’s stop worrying about the decorations at that dedicated space at Church, if they’re sufficient or not. Or about who is holy enough to go into that space….
And let us go to the altar God raised for us at Calvary, as many times as we have to, taking as many people as we can with us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13-14.
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