Thursday, January 11 – Leviticus 9:23-24
And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Then fire went out from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell face downward.
When was the last time you saw something amazing? How did you react? Maybe you cried or cheered or took a picture. Few of us have seen something so amazing that we fell facedown in awe, but God’s glory is so much more than what we like to think. God’s glory is all-consuming and more powerful than what we could ever imagine. When we follow Jesus, we are doing more than deciding to spend eternity with God, we are deciding to be consumed by Him.
Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” When that sacrifice was made in front of the Israelites, it was an amazing moment because God’s glory consumed it all and left nothing behind. When we follow Jesus, we are presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, surrendering to God and asking Him to consume us and change us until there is nothing left of our former lives. This is how we worship. It is more than singing at church, raising our hands, or even knowing what the Bible says. Our worship is in a life surrendered to Him. And in that surrender and all-consuming transformation, we can truly see who we were made to be.
- When have you surrendered to God? What was that like?
- How would your life look different if God was all-consuming in your life today? What would be the same?
- Pray and surrender to God, ask Him to consume your life.