Bring on the livestock

neuschwanstein-castle-467116_1280Our pastor is very open about both his successes and, shall we say, learning experiences.  I really appreciate that, since my “learning experiences” sometimes tend to seemingly outweigh the successes, if you get my meaning.  One story that he tells is about the time he went to visit a friend and missionary in Haiti, Jay Threadgill.  Dr. Threadgill has been in Haiti for over twenty years, and Pastor Lawrence has gone down there several times to be “on site” with this incredible ministry. 

Among his many other accomplishments, Pastor L. also plays the trumpet.  In preparing for this particular visit, he felt that God was telling him to take his trumpet along.  Well, you know, it’s just another thing to lug around on the airplane, it’s hot and sweaty down there, who knows if he would even have the occasion to use it, blah, blah, blah.  Nope, that wasn’t God speaking…

Until he got down there.  And, yes, talk about missing a real opportunity—oops.  A little more than the “I coulda had a V-8” variety.

We are bent to compromise our giving to God, a.k.a. sacrifices, due to personal convenience.  We are experts at being “practical” and thereby missing out on situations that may never pass our way again. 

Moses may have recognized this concept when, standing before Pharaoh, he refused to budge from what God was telling him to do.  After the beginning of what was to be epic hardship for the nation of Egypt as they position themselves between Yahweh and His people, the king offers a compromise (more than once) by amending what Moses says they are to do. 

Moses says the Hebrew nation as a whole is to go into the wilderness to worship God together.  Despite a few warning shots across the bow, Pharaoh still thinks he’s in control, and bargains—y’all can go, but leave the cows.

Moses’ reply:

“All our livestock must go with us, too; not a hoof can be left behind. We must choose our sacrifices for the LORD our God from among these animals. And we won’t know how we are to worship the LORD until we get there.”

Once again, what a profound principle is embedded in a obscure little sentence! 

Everything I have I must be emotionally and practically positioned to sacrifice to God.  And here’s the kicker: I won’t know until I get to “that place” in my life what and how to sacrifice it

In other words, when I come to Christ, I bring it all.  Not just the “good” stuff, but ALL the stuff.  My future, my present, and yes, even my past.  The things that are pretty, and the (many) things that are not.  The unwanted and shamed and broken pieces, as well as the best of the best. 

Nothing stays back “in Egypt”.   

Otherwise, it will likely be used for the wrong side.

 

Ex 10:26 Tyndale House Publishers Inc (2008-06-01). The One Year Bible NLT (One Year Bible: Nlt Book 2) (Kindle Locations 3751-3753). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

13 thoughts on “Bring on the livestock”

  1. This is an incredible reminder that life, my life, is no longer my own. It was bought and paid for at a price I could never pay. Praise God! Thank you for this piece and for sharing the word and wisdom given to you.

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  2. Beautifully written Dawn Liz! And the message is clear. We must be willing to give all of ourselves, past, present, and future, to the Lord for His use. We are simply instruments of God, on earth to do His work which He had planned for us from the beginning. We should hold nothing back in our commitment to our Father. We need to pray for “less of us, and more of thee” all the time. May His will be done concerning us…

    Steve

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  3. Interesting. I am not at all familiar with Bible etc. So I find these post eye opening.

    I simply believe we are all children of God, he is our father our parent, therefore – we offer ourselves in his arms when we are happy or when we are sad, for he is our parent. Who only knows how to give. love and be benevolent. My very simple view point.

    Thanks for sharing this interesting read.

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    1. How kind of you to visit and reply! “Eye-opening” is a high compliment, and I thank you! As a piece of literary and cultural history, the Bible fascinates me. Of course, as the source document of my faith, it does much more than that. I appreciate your time to read!

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  4. One of the big changes brought by Jesus’ sacrifice. Before Jesus everything offered to God had to be perfect. But through the “perfect Jesus” we now can bring our broken pieces for his repair. Nice.

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