“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love — Isaac — and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.’ Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.” — Genesis 22:2-3 (NIV)
Intimacy requires sacrifice. We cannot give ourselves fully to God without the willingness to lay down our lives, our right to ourselves and our opinions. Abraham understood this. God was his God. Therefore, nothing could be withheld from Him. God called Abraham “friend.” There was a bond of love between them.
God has revealed Himself as many things to us — Father, Savior, friend husband and God. My prayer for us in this new year is that we would use part of our First 20 to ask God to make Romans 12:1 our personal reality: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.”
May our hearts be increasingly filled with sacrificial love, and may we grow to know Him as never before.
Happy New Year!
Our God hears,