Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sheep- Destined for the Alter

I've been reading Shadow of the Almighty- The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot. It's an amazing book, one that I recommend to everyone. Yesterday, I read an amazing paragraph that became my "thought of the day". It really could become my "thought of a lifetime"...it is so profound.
"'We are the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and joy.' And what are sheep doing going into the gate? What is their purpose inside those courts? To bleat melodies and enjoy the company of the flock? No. Those sheep were destined for the altar. Their pasture feeding had been for one purpose, to test them and fatten them for sacrifice. Give Him thanks, then, that you have been counted worthy of His altars. Enter into the work with praise."

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  1. Wow. What a thought. I agree, that very well may be the thought of a lifetime.
    "Give Him thanks, then, that you have been counted worthy of His altars. Enter into the work with Praise." It gives me a new way to look at life, which, I find peculiarly satisfactory today.

    ~Emily Rose

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  2. Powerful thought... Thanks Nikki.

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  3. I've been reading this book too, and that part struck me as well.

    "What is their purpose inside those courts? To bleat melodies and enjoy the company of the flock? No. Those sheep were destined for the altar."

    So true... and it's a challenge!

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