Psalm 50:5 (KJV) “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice”.
Because man became wicked, God destroyed man and beast from the surface of the earth (Genesis 6:5-7). But Noah, the man who found grace with God brought God back into the equation when he rared up an altar of sacrifice unto God. Because of his sacrifice, God enacted a covenant with man through Noah, with the promise that the whole earth will never again be destroyed with water (Genesis 8:20-9:3).
It is impossible to be relevant either physically or spiritually without sacrifices. A witch doctor offers sacrifices to devils to gain relevance in the dark world, an academician will pay the sacrifice of researching and publishing academic papers to gain relevance in the academic world. In the same vein, a child of God who seeks relevance in the kingdom of God must pay the sacrifice of obeying God’s word even when it is most inconvenient.
Sacrifice seems to be the only way by which God and man enters into covenant.
In Genesis 22:16-18 (KJV) for instance, God said this to Abraham after he had agreed to sacrifice Isaac his son, “by myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”.
Go into today knowing that, If you must do business with God, it is by sacrifice and that, the things that have been destroyed can be restored and replenished if a man who understands sacrificial living arises.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I choose to be relevant in your kingdom, please teach me to live sacrificially. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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