Scripture Reading: Leviticus 6:13
One of the primary responsibilities of priests under the Old Covenant was to keep the fire burning on God’s altar perpetually. God expressly commanded them, saying, “A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.” (Lev. 6:13 NKJV) God sent the fire, but it was the responsibility of the priests to sustain the fire on the altar (Lev. 9:23-24). However, God gave them specific instructions to follow so that they could keep the fire burning on the altar. These divine instructions are still very relevant and useful to us today to sustain God’s fire in our souls.
At the new birth through Baptism and Confirmation, the Holy Spirit kindles the fire of God’s love in the hearts of believers. The Scripture testifies that, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” (Rom. 5:5 RSV) However, like the priests of old, it is the responsibility of believers today to keep the fire of God’s love burning and glowing, not only in their hearts, but also in their souls (mind, will and emotions). The priests of old were able to keep God’s fire burning on the altar all through their journey in the wilderness by following the specific instructions God gave them. These instructions are still relevant today to keeping the fire of God’s love hot, burning and glowing in our hearts and souls in this evil world.
Therefore, it is wisdom for us to carefully examine and follow these divine instructions.First, God instructed the priests to ensure that there is always a sacrifice on the altar (Exo. 29:38-42).
As long as there is a sacrifice on the altar, the fire will keep burning. But when the sacrifice leaves the altar, the fire also leaves the altar. Therefore, the priests were commanded to leave the burnt offering on the altar all night until morning, and then continue a succession of offerings in the morning until night. God commanded, “The burnt offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.” (Lev. 6:9 NKJV)
Like the priests of old, we should not fail to keep God’s love burning and glowing in our souls if we must continually present, yield or offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices (Rom. 6:13, 12:1). It takes a constant or continual submission to the Holy Spirit to keep His fire burning in one’s soul. This is why the Scripture admonishes, “That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.” (2 Tim. 1:14 NKJV) The fire of God’s love ignited in your heart by the Holy Spirit at the new birth will wane as you continually yield yourself to the flesh to gratify its lusts, desires and passions. It takes walking in the Spirit to sustain, keep safe, or guard the fire of God’s love in your heart and soul.
James 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3.6-7.8-10.11 (R.Mt 5:3); Accl Jn 14:6; Gosp Mk 9:38-40 WEEKDAY
Prayer Points:
1. Spend at least ten minutes in worship.
2. Take the prayer of “Daily Consecration to the Holy Ghost” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 21).
Exercise: Meditate on Romans 12:1 and discuss it with someone today.
Meditation: Psalms 51:11.