Our Offering to God Must Not Be a Stolen Christ
Today I did my usual reading from the Life-Study of Exodus, an in-depth exposition of the Book of Exodus. As I was reading Message Eighty-One, I came across this quote:
"Presenting an offering to God is a matter of experience. All the materials prepared by God must become our possession, enjoyment, and experience. Then, through our experience, we shall have the right and the position to offer these materials to God as a heave offering."
Many times when I read about the offerings, all I could picture in my head were lamb, doves, rams, etc. However, I never really thought about how the children of Israel possessed those animals. For sure, they did not obtain them by stealing. That would be both a sin and an insult to God.
A lamb was created by God and prepared by God, but the person who would like to offer that lamb had to first properly possess that lamb. Then not only gain the lamb, he had to properly handle the lamb. In our experience, I found out that the principle is the same. If we read the Old Testament thoroughly, we shall realize that the reality of all the offerings is actually Christ Himself, the One in whom God has found His delight (see Matthew 3:17).
That means our real offering to God must be Christ Himself, but not just Christ in an objective way, our offering to God must be our subjective Christ, the experienced Christ. We must first properly gain Christ, experience Him, and enjoy Him. Then we have the right and position to offer this Christ to God.I know this may sound strange, but it's true, I cannot offer a stolen Christ to God. What is a stolen Christ? A stolen Christ is the Christ we heard of or read of but never experienced and enjoyed. If we are true to ourselves, deep within us we would know whether we have experienced and enjoyed our Christ or not.
Just a little tip on how to experience and enjoy Christ. We can gain this One, experience Him, and enjoy Him through the Word. Yes, that's the Bible, but remember the Bible is not a textbook or a newspaper. We must touch the living Person in the Bible. One way we could touch Him is by simultaneously praying and reading the Word. We can use the Bible as the language of our prayer.