Bleeding for Baal

1 Kings 18:20ff describes the sacrificial face-off between the 450 prophets of Baal against the singular prophet Elijah. Elijah gives the prophets some time to allow Baal to answer their prayers for supernatural ignition to their sacrifice. After Baal’s continued silence to the prayers of the prophets they resort to another tactic. I Kings 18:28 says,

“So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.”

When all else fails shouldn’t our gods respond when we are willing to bleed for them? How many servants of the true God have also resorted to that lame prayer out of our frustrated silence, “But God, I bled for you. Look what I’ve given, what I’ve sacrificed. Haven’t I done enough for an answer?” And that is when we find that we have got this whole worship thing all wrong – we’ve paganized our worship.

You see we servants of The Lord must be careful concerning our tasks as, well, servants. We serve Christ. And in the silent hours when the mystery of our Lord’s will and way enfold us we must be careful not to revert to our hedonistic roots.

We serve God, not the other way around. When we expect God to show up because we have the ritual down, when we expect him to move based upon our contribution, when we are desperate to call down fire from heaven to impress the crowds, we become the puppeteer holding the strings making God dance and thusly fail at true worship.

We should always question our motives. Are we bleeding for God because we think that it will enhance our worship or bring answers, glory, or success? We must not bleed for God nor sacrifice for The Lord for the purpose of received blessings. Our blood, our sacrifice, our very selves are a gift to God, not the passcode to blessings.

Jesus paid it all. He doesn’t need any more blood. We overcome because of the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Instead when the heavens are silent is it because we’ve been overcome by the blood, sweat and tears of sacrificial backscratching? “Gee God, come on, light my fire, you can see I’m giving it 110%”

Make our worship true. Do not love God with a hook; don’t love him with an agenda and when it is not fulfilled bail. We need to bail out on our Baals. We must guard oursleves and our flock that we don’t treat the Lord as a Baal who needs coaxing to be my prosperity god.

Jesus says in John 4:23, “But the hour is coming, and now is when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

Truly worship him because of who he is and not for what you do for him or even what He does for you, let one day he doesn’t do what you want or when you want it. For if your worship is tied to either your sacrifice or his response to it when it fails you will have no reason to worship. When The Lord gives, when He takes, when He speaks or is silent, blessed be the name of The Lord.

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