Saturday, 29th December, 2018
Reference text: Luke 2:22-35
Luke 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Today, we read about the presentation of Jesus in the temple. As devout Jews, his parents proceeded to present the baby on the eighth day to the Lord. As a requirement, they came with the offering as suggested in the book of the law ‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; (Leviticus 12:8a)
The reason those words were relevant are because the primary requirements for this sacrifice was a lamb and a turtle dove or young pigeon (Lev 12:6). However, God himself made the provision for those who would be unable to afford the lamb by permitting the offering of just the birds. We need to come to the point of understanding that in spite of our singular status as children of God, a position that renders all of us equals before God, there are other areas in which we differ.
This is not intended to make anyone feel inferior to another, but to hammer home the fact that we all have the opportunity to serve God with what we have and from where we stand. Sometimes, we are so keen on operating at the same level as everybody else, giving God the same sacrifices as everybody else that we forget that provision has been made to allow us serve him even with the little we have.
Beloved, you don’t need to impress God so don’t focus on impressing man. The offerings presented to God are received on the basis of the heart that brings them, not just it’s monetary value. So don’t be forced into situations that appear to push you to the limit to give God ‘something’ because He is delighted when He is worshipped with a sincere heart.
Remember # you DO NOT need to impress God, you are the apple of His eyes; He is already delighted in you.