He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. 2 Chronicles 4:1
Most religions around the world have physical altars for various purposes. They are used for worship, prayer and sacrifices. Some of these are very plain and simple, while others are extremely ornate and fancy in design.
The world also has unseen altars that they sacrifice the things of life on in order to get what they desire and to worship what they have in life.
Solomon had a bronze altar built that was twenty (about 30 feet) long by twenty cubits (about 30 feet) wide by ten cubits (about 15 feet) high.
The extremely large altar that Solomon had built would later be used to sacrifice thousands of animals on each year for the sins of people and for the thanksgiving of the people of Israel. After Jesus died upon the cross and arose from the dead, the need for physical sacrifices were done away with.
Although those sacrifices were done away with, the need for sacrifice is still there.
People are quick to sacrifice many different things in order to get something that they want. The greater the desire, the greater the sacrifice will be made.
Many believers claim to want to know God and be like Jesus but are unwilling to place their lives upon the altar to be a living sacrifice to God. They will hold on to the things and ways of this world, refusing to change. This can be seen in many churches when they have taken out the altars to be replaced by a stage or platform. They want to be seen by the world, rather than offered to God.
Every believer needs to lay down his life upon the altar of sacrifice to be a living sacrifice unto God.
As a believer, you are to be in the constant process of becoming more and more like Jesus every day. The world and its ways will always be tugging at your heart to keep you in its ways.
In order to change, you must be willing to sacrifice your life upon the altar to God’s ways. Kill off the old ways of sin in your life and become a new creation who is created to do good works unto God that will last into eternity.
Are you willing to get on the altar for God?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will sacrifice your wants and desires to gain God’s desires; that you will live your life honoring and obeying God; and that God will give you strength to sacrifice any sin in your life upon His altar to be forgiven and made new.