"And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down." Judges 6:26
When Gideon destroyed the grove/altar/high place that his father had built to worship Baal, he then built an altar to the Lord. The Lord told him to offer a burnt sacrifice upon the altar. Interestingly, He told him to use "the wood of the grove which he cut down".
For us, these groves represent the altar that we set up in our lives to our own god-- flesh/self. When we come to Christ in salvation, or through rededication, this altar is torn down and one to Him is erected. We too are to take the "wood from the grove" and use it on the altar of God. What does that mean? An altar is a place of worship. Wood represents humanity. Wood also represents the fuel for the fire. Simply put, it means that we are now to give ourselves as an instrument in worship to Him. It means that we become a living sacrifice to be consumed by Him. It means that we are now engaged in His service and doing that which brings Him glory-- and no longer self. It means our lives through our sacrifice, help to "fuel" His glory in our lives.
Is your life a living sacrifice to God? Are you worshipping Him by presenting yourself at His altar daily? Are you allowing Him to consume your fleshly desires, ambitions, motives and will each day? Are you engaged in His service? Is your life "fueling" His worship, praise and glory? If not, then today place your life on the "altar" of the Lord and give Him your whole self.
Have a great day. When we stop worshipping our flesh, then we become living sacrifices in worship to God.
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