As Abraham and Isaac are ascending Mount Moriah, in Genesis 22, Isaac notices something is missing. He sees all of the utilities necessary for worship, specifically, for the burnt offering. He sees a knife, the wood, and the torch to light the fire, yet he knew that the most important thing was missing. Isaac knew, what many us have forgotten today, he knew that worship required a sacrifice. Isaac turns to his father, Abraham, and says, “I see the wood, I see the fire, but WHERE IS THE SACRIFICE?”
There are many today, who are attempting to worship without a sacrifice. This is not possible. True worship always has, and always will, require Sacrifice. Of course, God is not asking us today, to sacrifice dead animals. God does not want a dead animal, but he wants the animal that lives in you! Carnality and the sinful nature of the flesh must be sacrificed upon the alter of obedience, and consumed with the fire of one’s passionate desire to fulfill the will of God.
Certainly, God is aware of the music, the uplifted hands and the tearful eyes that are, so often, a part of our worship. And yet God is asking us worshippers, the same question that Isaac asked Abraham. WHERE IS THE SACRIFICE?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Pastor Michael C. McGill
Grace Place Christian Church