Chapters Read: Leviticus 1:1 – 7:38
“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” ~ Leviticus 6:13
Leviticus is not a book that is easy to read. It starts with the Lord’s detailed and specific instructions to Moses as to how the burnt, grain, sin, guilt, ordination, and fellowship offerings of the Israelites must be presented to the altar. I admit that I was guilty of just passing through some of the verses without understanding, thinking that those instructions are not applicable to me. I actually silently thanked God that He no longer requires such practices when it comes to our offerings.
But then I realized my mistake. Leviticus wasn’t written just for the sake of recording historical practices, rather, it’s a reminder of how the Lord takes our offerings seriously. That it is not a matter that should be taken lightly.
How are we offering our time, body, gifts, talents, and resources to God? Is it in a way and a measure that is pleasing to Him? If our lives are burnt offerings presented at the altar, will it bring about an aroma that is delightful to the Lord? Or are we just giving our offerings in a manner that is comfortable and convenient to us?
We need to remember why we are giving an offering, and more importantly, to whom we are offering it to. He is the LORD. He deserves more than just what is convenient. He deserves the best.
In Leviticus 6:12 and 13, the Lord instructed that the fire on the altar must be kept burning. For me this is because offering should be a lifestyle–a 24/7 commitment unto the Lord. This is the kind of sacrifice that the Lord is requiring from us. A life surrendered in worship.