Put Our “All” on the altar

We often speak of giving the Lord our “All,” yet, we continue to hold on to much of our life.  The Lord has given to us all that we have, our health, life, family, jobs, homes…the next breath we take.  Giving the Lord our “All” is more than telling God to use us any way He desires, but also surrendering everything to Him.

Abraham was a man of tremendous faith in God.  He was 100 years old when his promised child was born.  Then the Lord asked Abraham to do the unthinkable, sacrifice that only child to Him.

Abraham went to the appointed place on Mount Moriah with his son and built an altar unto God, placed Isaac on the altar and was about to kill him in sacrifice the his God, when the angel of the Lord stopped him.

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

Abraham held nothing back from the Lord, the Bible calls him, the friend of God.  He was willing to give his “All” to God.  He placed the son of his old age on the altar, willing to give to God his most precious possession, the son that the Lord had promised him.  He did it in faith believing the Lord would raise him from the dead.

Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Have we laid our “All” on the altar of sacrifice?  The Lord may not ask us to give up our children, but are we willing to give the Lord our most precious possessions?  This is no easy task.  However, we should be willing to give to God “All” that He has given to us.  We are blessed beyond measure of the Lord.  He is deserving of the things we all hold dear.

A life that is surrendered to the Lord, is a life of being willing to let go of the people, possessions and positions that we have a grip on today.  Give God your “All” today and see what He will do with you.  May we all believe the Lord and be called a friend of God.