Chosen for Sacrifice

12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place.

16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

When  I read these verses, I am absolutely blown away.  I literally covered my mouth and closed my eyes as I meditated on this.  The realization that Yahweh God wants to speak these words to each of us is an absolute silencer.

Because of the cross and resurrection of our Lord, we are the Temple He is speaking of.  He has chosen Earthly, human vessels to be the places that he would sanctify, and that His name and  His eyes and heart would be perpetually.  It is not entirely a free gift as some have been led to believe.  To be indwelt by the God of the universe is a costly endeavor. 

When He chooses us, He chooses us as a house for sacrifice.  There is no longer needed the sacrifice for sin, as that was made once and for all by Christ, but there is a cost to be counted as a joint heir with Him.  We have to die completely to everything we are and have in order for him live fully through us in the power of His resurrection.  Dying to our flesh is a mysterious thing and it is never fully accomplished, but with every blow our flesh takes there is more freedom and power and life. 

As we become living sacrifices and God fills our temples, we become useful vessels for His kingdom on Earth, even to the point that God will hear our cries for our land when he sends judgement (locusts and pestilence).  There has not been a time in our nation such as the times we live in now, when there has been such a great need for men and women to lay down their lives so that people can see the true and living God among them and this nation could be healed.

There will be lots of media attention and even pulpit time given to the coming elections, but for those of us who are following Christ, the emphasis never changes.  Jesus and a life lived as an offering are our only hope and the only hope of our lost and dying nation and world.  May we be those living, moving temples that bring His presence and His heart to those around us.

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