Not gonna lie. I thought this was going to be redundant and boring. Something I would just push-through in order to move on to something more relevant. Wrong.
The first seven chapters of Leviticus mention unintentional sin and being unaware of sin at least a dozen times. They mention guilt nearly forty times. Over and over, these chapters discuss sin of all kinds: deliberate, reckless, and even accidental. It doesn’t matter. Sin is sin. We’re guilty. And to be forgiven, we must bring [fill-in-the-blank] to God.
Sixty times, God tells Moses that the people must bring something to him in order to be forgiven.
It isn’t enough to simply be aware or acknowledge wrongdoing. It isn’t enough to say, “I’m sorry.” It isn’t enough to live in a world of denial or to dismiss mistakes as irrelevant.
We live in a world that dismisses a lot. We tend to view many sinful behaviors as unintentional….entitled…and excused on the grounds of injustice. If you “mean well” then all is well. If you’re a “good person” then all is good. If you were mistreated, then “good for you” for responding. No worries. As long as you aren’t being vicious, everything is acceptable. But Leviticus makes it very clear:
First of all, praise Jesus (!) for dying once for all so that I can be forgiven…completely.
Second, if God is unchanging, then his desire for us to be aware of our sin and to bring something to him in response hasn’t changed either. I’m not talking about re-doing what Christ has already done. But having an “attitude of offering.”
Bringing a heart that is tender and humble. Offering Him my “right” to happiness. Offering Him my “plan” for the future…and today. Offering Him my “emotions” and a mind that is willing to see every action and attitude through His eyes.
Just as the priests in Leviticus were required to keep fire burning on the altar – continuously ready, day and night – may my heart always be ready to bring something to God. May I continuously search my heart for sin, and see it as an opportunity to reconnect with my Savior…to bring my mind, body and emotions fully to Him.