Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 22:9-11 (KJV); And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
Isaac’s experience is a lesson on true ministry.
The story says that Isaac’s life was spared when God called out to his father Abraham and asked him not to kill his son.
But in fact, Isaac left the altar a dead man. The amplified bible version of Hebrews 11:19 explains this truth. It says, “For he considered [it reasonable to believe] that God was able to raise Isaac even from among the dead. [Indeed, in the sense that he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God] Abraham did receive him back [from the dead] figuratively speaking.”
Ministry is an altar.
As ministers of the gospel, our experience on that altar does not leave us half dead. We are not like Ephraim who the Bible says is a cake half-baked (Hosea 7:8). The altar deals with us totally until there is nothing left of our former selves.
Paul, a true minister, says of this experience, ‘I am dead and yet I live yet not I but Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20).
In the life of the gospel, we serve as dead men living.
It is this state of death in the flesh that makes us go to unimaginable lengths for the sake of Christ. It is dead men that pray tirelessly; serve enduringly and believe God as those that have nothing to lose.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 11:19, Galatians 2:20
GOLDEN NUGGET: In the life of the gospel, we serve as dead men living. It is this state of death in the flesh that makes us go to unimaginable lengths for the sake of Christ. It is dead men that pray tirelessly; serve enduringly and believe God as those that have nothing to lose.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for Your great work in my spirit. You deal with me in unique ways. The testimony of my life is that I am dead but yet I live, in Jesus’ name, Amen.