A moveable altar

07 September 2019
‘Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow.’

The altar in the tabernacle was a place where sacrifices were offered in worship to God. And He knew exactly how it was to be built: ‘Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow.’ A stone or metal structure would have been heavy to transport, whereas a hollow wooden altar could be carried on poles and travel along with the Israelites. The image of a moveable altar is a reminder that while we should be part of a local church, we’re not restricted to worshipping God in a particular location. We can do it anywhere. The Bible tells us to ‘continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise’ (Hebrews 13:15 NIV). Wherever we are we can worship Him. And that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to sing; we can worship Him by making sure the attitude of our heart, no matter what we’re doing, is positive and that we’re focused on Him. Whether we’re at home, at work, in the supermarket, at the gym, or in the classroom, our everyday activities can become ‘spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (1 Peter 2:5 NIV). By sharing a word of encouragement, giving our time and money to help someone in need, or making a decision based on integrity instead of what will make us popular, we’re honouring God. Jesus said, ‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’(Matthew 5:16 NIV). When others see that we’re willing to do the right and godly things in a world that often does the opposite, they’ll see God in us. His glory will shine through our worship. 

 

What Now?

How can you worship God throughout today? Perhaps set aside time to sing and pray, or ask God to help you have a godly attitude in all you do. 

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