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The Altar


A couple of weeks ago, I had an experience that I wrote about in a piece called ‘What’s Missing’.  In it I refer to a poem I had just read called ‘Oh Altar’.  The two combined has redirected my entire focus.  My Bible reading was telling me that unless the Father draws or enables a person, they cannot come to Him.  Everything was pointing to one thing—the need for an awakening.  Nothing mattered more than finding the way in which peoples lives could be radically changed. 


A little over a week ago a good friend of our family died.  In the mind set I was in, I had a thought I had never had before in relation to someone’s death.  I kept thinking—he knows.  He has passed from this life to the next and he knows.  In light of his knowing, I kept thinking how much he must be wishing he could come back and tell those he knew what he now knew.


I couldn’t, and still can’t, escape that thought.  The more I thought about it, the more clearly I could see what he was seeing and feel what he was feeling.  It was as if God was stirring me to speak on his behalf.  For him it was too late.  It would take someone who was still here, that had as clear a vision as he now had, to be able to convey with the same conviction the message he would proclaim if he himself were here.


It has occurred to me over the past couple of days that the above is what we’re to be doing.  We should be close enough to God, as Leonard Ravenhill put’s it, “to have eternity stamped on our eyeballs”.  Jesus had it stamped on every fiber of His being; because of it, He was willing to go to the cross. 


We must see eternity that clearly.  We must have a fresh vision of it.  I believe that as we return to the alter, God will give us this new vision.  Without it, the people will perish.  The awakening begins at the altar.  Only there will we be radically changed.  Only there will we find the life through which God will be able to draw man.

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