Pastor Torey Williams – Sunday AM September 10, 2017
“Without an altar, there is no change.” – Pastor Torey Williams
1 Kings 18:30-39
“(20) And Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come near to me.’ So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. (31) And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, ‘Israel shall be your name.’ (32) Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. (33) And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, ‘Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.’ (34) Then he said, ‘Do it a second time,’ and they did it a second time; and he said, ‘Do it a third time,’ and they did it a third time. (35) So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. (36) And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. (37) Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.’ (38) Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. (39) Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!'”
The altar is all about worship. It is a place of worship or an act of worship. It is the place where a holy God meets, intersects and connects personally with an unholy people. In life, the major question isn’t will we worship, but rather who or what will we worship? Many times good things like a successful career, material possessions, even family are worshiped or exalted to the highest place in our lives. The fact of the matter is that we are all created to worship. The altar of salvation is the place where we’ve recognized that sin and the idolatry is ravaging our lives. Once we’ve built this altar of salvation, God gives our life purpose, value and destiny in Him. It’s not only important to build altars in our lives, but it’s necessary to revisit those places God met with us. If an altar is broken or neglected, we will begin to erect an altar of idolatry, harden our hearts, and become spiritually weak. We must understand that the altar is one of the most important places in the life of a Christian. God wants to come down and speak to you again, stir your heart again, and refresh you by the Holy Ghost. The most valuable thing we can offer to God is our lives. We are urged in Romans 12:1 to “…[o]ffer [our] bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God…” What God has for you is far more valuable than anything you might offer to God at the altar.
“What is God asking you to lay on the altar?” – Pastor Torey Williams