Profane offering to the Lord
Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his
censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered
profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded
them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them,
and they died before the LORD. And Moses said to Aaron,
“This is what the LORD spoke, saying:
‘By those who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.’”
If our offering to the Lord today is our lives…a lackadaisical approach to living out love
and discipleship, in that love, is akin to offering half-hearted, profane offerings at the altar.
He must be glorified and regarded as holy! His commandments to love and His charge to make disciples ought to be lived out intentionally and visibly each day. What have I done today to offer my life, my day, my minute as a worthy sacrifice?
Is this too much? Shall we ease up? Certainly not! Yet, we press hard toward this goal
critically and simultaneously benefit from the unending slathering of grace as we fail. Let
our works not be an effort to meritoriously seek grace, status or favor. Let us not hold back
nor fail to extend grace to others. But, waking each day, we take on this charge personally in the desire not to be righteously devoured for our poor, inexcusable efforts by One we love.
Have we leaned too heavily on grace? Have we lost sight of the wretchedness that inattentive, unintentional living is in the sight of the Lord?
Forgive me Oh Lord. Consume me not. Let me not take advantage of your love. Let me live in a manner that regards you as Holy, deserving of only my best offering. Let my breath, each step and word glorify you even today. Amen.
Your thoughts, prayers and comments are welcome. Let’s walk together in this!