Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Live to Sacrifice

It has been awhile since I first caught a glimpse of sacrifice from this angle. Days and years pass. Time slips slowly into eternity. Struggles come and go, some still remain.

Yet as I sit here gazing out my window at the gently falling mist, at the blossoming apple tree, at the outside of my world, I remember.

It's not that I have forgotten. No, indeed.
This thought seared its way into my mind long ere this.


I had prayed to be "set on fire" for a long time. Years.
At times I felt it, I breathed it, I lived it. Other times I wondered where the fire had gone…

Yet early that morning as I listened to a friend share, I caught the secret to the fire.


It all seems so logical now. An altar is merely a relic without the sacrifice.
Without the sacrifice, there is no fire.

It only makes sense that the altar is the appointed meeting place between God and the soul because it is only at the altar that the fire is kindled. Yet a kindled fire is no security for a continued fire.

Sacrifice must become my life in order to keep the flame burning.


This world needs flames—rather it needs fires. Furnaces that cannot be extinguished because they are fed by such devoted sacrifice. A planet of fire fueled by a generation of sacrifice.

There have been in ages past those who have caught this fire. This world will go nowhere if our flames don't surpass theirs.

Live to sacrifice. Sacrifice to live.


  1. Mmm.. this is powerful. Oh for a greater spirit of sacrifice in myself!

  2. Oh Gles, I love this! So many times I have wondered how to have that continued fire in my life, and you're so right. It's through sacrifice. I have been finding it too. We can never outgive Him. The more we give away the more joy we have to share. Powerful thoughts. I love your thoughts about the altar. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Hmmm….”Sacrifice must become my life in order to keep the flame burning.” I needed that reminder. Thanks for sharing, Gles.

  4. Thank you, Glesni!

  5. Live to sacrifice. Sacrifice to live.
    Oh.. amazing grace...

  6. When I read these verses yesterday morning they reminded me of your thought here. I had never thought of praise being a sacrifice in God's eyes!
    "15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
    16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." Hebrews 13:15,16
    Thank you!

  7. Sacrifice... not my will, but thine.
    Christians I know, and myself included, testify to the fact that we grow closer to God when we need Him most...