And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying,
‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people I must be glorified.’”
Now before you go smellin’ yourself, let me explain.☺ In Leviticus 10, there is a story of two men. These two men offered ‘strange’ fire on their altar to God. God had not commanded them to offer it and He sent fire down and devoured them. That is where the verse in the beginning of this post comes into play: “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.”
I recently listened to a sermon by Dr. Kenny Baldwin on this passage. In the sermon, he made a point of three ‘strange’ fires in our world today: Ecumenicalism (and yes – he spelled it out in the sermon ☺), Emotionalism, and Experimentalism. Ecumenicalism is worldwide unity in religion – saying that it doesn’t matter what you believe, or that it doesn’t matter who the central character in your religion is. Emotionalism is placing a strong emphasis on feeling…saying, “do I feel good at this church?” rather than, “are they teaching the truth here?” Finally, Experimentalism is just trying out different religions. Are you burning any of these ‘strange’ fires in your life? And if you are, how do you get rid of them?
Dr. Baldwin goes on to say that to stay on fire for Jesus, we need to keep the fire in our ‘altars’ ever burning. We need to remove the ashes in our fire…remove our sin from our lives. If you don’t remove the ashes from an old fire, a new fire cannot burn. We need to remove the sin from our lives in order to keep on fire for Him.
The second thing that we need to do to stay on fire for Christ is to ‘change our wood’ – be in the Word every day. Every day. A fire won’t burn forever – we need to throw in more logs. It’s the same way with our lives. If we aren’t in God’s Word every day, our passion for Jesus will go out.
The last thing that we need to do is make sure that our attitude for worship is right – making sure that we aren’t worshipping God for our own gain, but to praise Him. One of our family’s favorite movies is “Facing the Giants,” and in that movie, they talk about ‘smelling’ right. Is the aroma or attitude of our hearts right?
So – the question is: How do you smell?