Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clear Oil

Exodus 27:20
Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed Olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.

When I was a little boy I remember my Grandmother in the kitchen cooking up a storm; pots steaming, pans crackling, ovens glowing. She had a way in that kitchen! She always seemed to have something good to eat. On her stove was a jar that sat right in the middle of the activity. When the kitchen was calm this same jar remained on the stove. It was her cooking oil or what used to be oil, it was more like grease. It was a collection of Crisco, oil, bacon grease, fish grease all lumped together that she would use over and over. It wasn’t the healthiest way to cook but it got us through.

Now when my wife cooks she cooks with Extra-virgin Olive oil so that we can live healthier. Olive oil is natural oil that is obtained from the Olive fruit. In its purest form-extra virgin-an abundance of mineral and vitamins from the olive fruit are preserved; olive oil has been used as a medicine and beauty treatment for hundreds of years.

When God wanted to light up his sanctuary, he told Moses to command the people to bring in clear oil, pressed from the Olive. God wants to use us as his lights but we have to examine ourselves to see if we are clear oil or more like the jars of grease on Grandmama’s stove? Are we offering God a polluted praise? Are we giving God a conflicted conscious? Or are we giving him a Clear Conscious? God wants:
  1. Clear Oil—extra virgin olive oil is the best, the less it’s been touched the more nutrients and vitamins that are in it. The less that we’ve been touched by the wrong hands the better we are for God’s Holy uses. We need to give God some clear oil.
  2. Clear oil of pressed Olives. In order to get clear oil out of us we must be pressed, that is we will have to go through some things. It also means that we will have to press our way through some things to get to where God wants us to be. Those who are anointed are usually crushed.
  3. Light up the Sanctuary. God wants to use us so that others might be able to see him in the dark. Let the light of Christ illuminate your life from the oil of your devotion to him.
  4. So that the lamps may be kept burning. The light should never go out. God expects us to have clear oil, not polluted, so there will be a consistent representation of his Glory.
God is giving all of us a chance to get it together. He wants us to get rid of the jar of mess we’ve been cooking with and bring him some clear oil.

Revelation 2:5
Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Dear God,

Help me to present my body and life as clear oil. Use me to illuminate this dark world so that they might see the light of Christ shining through me. Today God, I present to you Clear Oil by having a Clear Conscious. Please accept my offering.

In Jesus Name,


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