January 8 Does My Sacrifice
“And Abraham built an altar . . and bound Isaac his son.” Genesis 22:9
This incident is a picture
of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the
sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables
us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives. Not – I am willing to go to
death with Thee, but – I am willing to be identified with Thy death so that I
may sacrifice my life to God. We seem to think that God wants us to give up
things! God purified Abraham from this blunder, and the same discipline goes on
in our lives. God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving
them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth
having – viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bands that
hinder the life, and immediately those bands are loosened by identification
with the death of Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God whereby we can
sacrifice our lives to Him.
It is of no value to God to
give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a “living sacrifice,” to let
Him have all your powers that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus.
This is the thing that is acceptable to God.