By Faith We Offer Up Isaac (2)

Matthew 16:13-18, 2 Corinthians 5:14

"For the love of Christ constraineth us..."

Do we treasure God above all or just desire His blessings, even our Isaac? What is our Isaac today? Only God knows. Is it our will, desire, name, reputation, wealth, job, career, our life, our lover, our family, etc? Sooner or later, our faith in God will be tested (1 Pet 1:7). Do we really love the LORD with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27)? It is idolatry if we still love anyone or anything more than God or fail to totally obey His Word (Matt 10:37; Luke 14:26; 1 Sam 15:22-23). When God commands us to offer our Isaac or to give up everything to serve Him full time, there will be a battle in our hearts. How can we be willing to offer our Isaac?

Look unto the Lord Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2-3): Our Lord Jesus did not withhold anything, even His life. He offered Himself and submitted Himself to His Father and "became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phil 2:8). He was despised, blasphemed, betrayed, mocked, tortured, crucified and buried. Did our Lord Jesus lose anything? Not at all! He triumphantly overcame death and "God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name" (Phil 2:9).

Let Christ's love constrain us and count all things but loss: Only Christ's love can move your heart and mine to love Him, to live for Him, to offer our Isaac to Him and to serve Him until the end. "For the love of Christ constraineth us..." (2 Cor 5:14) to count all things but loss and dung "... that I may win Christ, ... and be found in him..." (Phil 3:8-9). What about you?

Take up our cross and follow the Lord (Luke 9:23): May the Lord help us deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him, so that we shall not be offended when we are despised, criticised, hated or persecuted, saying, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal 2:20). What about you?

THOUGHT: Am I willing to offer my Isaac to the Lord?

PRAYER: Help me always to submit to the Holy Spirit.


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