Friday, January 13, 2012

Coming to the Altar

" Then the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him."  Genesis 12:7

In Genesis 12:1-8 we hear the call of Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah). God calls them to leave everything they know, including their family and home, and go wherever he leads them.

As they answer this call, they realize that they cannot take everything they have with them. So they choose what is important and leave the rest behind. As they travel they have conversations with God. They then mark the places that they have these conversations as hole and build altars there. In doing this they giving God an offering – an offering of themselves, an offering of all they have and all they are.

Through the waters of baptism, you too have been claimed and called by God. You have been washed and marked as one of God’s own children. As you have grown over the years, God has continued to call you by opening opportunities to you to grow in your life of faith and share it with others.

So today, I invite you to build an altar for your offering. Take a moment and envision an altar, your altar, in your mind. What does it look like?

After you have this image of an altar in place, ask God if there is anything you need to put on it, anything you need to offer up to him. It could be something that may get in the way of your journey of life and faith – a habit, desire, time, or sin. Is there anything you are doing that is keeping God at a distance?

Now, with these things in your mind, put them on the altar. Hand them over to God where he will deal with them and grant you freedom from them.

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