Wednesday, 24th February 2021
Rev Daniel Poon
Section One: V1-18 The Sacrifice God Desires
V 1-4 Doing is Not Offering
When we try to do something repetitively without thinking, this becomes our ‘doing’. We need to always examine our heart, always why we do certain things the certain ways. Everything we do should come from our heart, God does not want our ‘doing’, He wants us to offer with our heart. ‘Doing’ focuses on the end results, we want to get this done then move to the next. But if we do from our heart, no matter what the result is, we will receive a reward.
V5-7 Offering with Total Obedience
When we do, we should have a pure heart, offer to God without complaints, at church, at home, at work… don’t ‘do’ for the sake of ‘doing’, but face every day with out heart. God wants our offering to be fully obedience, because only when we do, we will honour God wholeheartedly. We don’t do because God wants us to do, but because we obey Him from our heart. The is a heart with love and reverence for God.
V8-10 there are still a lot of things we have to do, but it’s not because God is contradicting Himself, Moses set up the law because people’s hearts have gone cold, these laws ad regulations are to help us to continue pursuing God. All the sacrifices and offerings cannot totally wash away our sins, only through Jesus. But it doesn’t mean we don’t do offerings anymore.
There are sufferings on this world, God allows trials, troubles, pain and sicknesses on this world because the devil controls the world, but God wants to train our spiritual discernment. God did not cause any troubles to happen to us but He allowed it so we can recognise the gap in our lives, so our lives will be lifted.
V11-14 If we use a ‘doing’ mode to offer to God, then everything we do in the Kingdom of God is pointless. Jesus sacrificed once for all, He has won the battle. Only the pure and blameless can be the enteral sacrifice. We need to ask ourselves, when we believe in Christ, did we really know that Jesus die for us and became our surety? If our lives are up and down like the roller coaster, then we need to really examine into our lives. Jesus has perfected forever those who are being sanctified, do we really believe in it?
V15 let our heart be opened to God and have the covenant written on it. Everything we do is for us to come closer to God, to have a true relationship with Him and to be convicted by sin, by righteousness, and by judgement.
Section Two: V19-31 Come Before God
God wants us to enter the Holiest to sacrifice, through the new and living way of Jesus. This is not the path of death but full of life. In the past we have been in the ‘doing’ mode, we don’t welcome and seek Jesus anymore, we cannot love in our prayers. How can we get rid of the things binding us? We must go through the veil, which is anything that stops us connecting with God.
We need to stop for a while, examine our lives to see if we are in the ‘doing’ mode or not; or when we heard our authority telling us that we need to stop ‘doing’. Let our hearts of stone be healed, let our prayer to God be full of love, and let our interactions with others be truthful. Come before God by faith, this is the ultimate purpose of our lives! Be fully devoted to God and hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.
We need to know God’s heart, our ‘doing’ should be from the Will of God. Our gathering is not just partying or having a meal together, but to encourage one another. Through our gathering and fellowship together, to see the greatness of the Kingdom of God, and to see the love of God among us. God is merciful and righteous. Jesus has sacrificed so much for us but if we don’t treasure it and treat it seriously, then we can never receive this eternal salvation.
Section Three: V32-39 Endure to the End
Only when we endure to the end then we can enter by faith. Remember our first love for God, how did God touch our hearts? The peace and joy within us, why did we decide to be baptised? Baptism is not just a ceremony, when we recall the state of our heart during that time, we will be reminded of our love for God. It’s just like saying the wedding vows, they are showing the commitment of how we can let go ourselves to fulfil the other person. Wedding is a covenant, to see the other person as the important part of our lives.
V33 when we are willing to endure, it shows that we know the eternal reward in Heaven. Do we calculate what we have? Do we care our earthly lives more than the Heavenly life? To be bold is not doing bungy jump or sky dive, but to offer wholeheartedly for God, without complaint.
God gathered us together in Bread of Life South Auckland, so we can encourage one another, and walk in this path together!
Pursuit & Respond
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for living within us, we seek You in our thirst and wilderness. By faith and love for You, we want to enter more into Your presence, to understand what we do what we do. We do not want to be in the ‘doing’ mode anymore. We want to enter Your Will with love and faith. Where is our first love? Where is our thirst for God? Let us stop ‘doing’ and examine into our hearts.
Thank You Lord Jesus for Your sacrifice once for all. We want to put Your Word in our hearts, to understand Your Will, as we serve and pray, we seek the source of love from You, to testify for You, and to glorify You. Turn us back from all the lies that bind us, enable us to see Your good Will and live in Your presence. Amen!