In our Home Church this week, everyone got moved by Kingsley’s teaching. He made us understand the value and relevance of a personal altar.
An altar is a place (not necessarily physical) set apart for interaction with the spiritual. It is a place where the lives of men are powered. Psalm 91.
Your speed in life depends on the power of your altar. If you don’t raise your own altar, you’ll become a victim of another man’s altar.
Understand that this ‘altar’ principle is not exclusive to Christianity. In a typical traditional African setting, each child has an altar built for him by his parents. It is on this altar that prayers, incantations, and most importantly, sacrifices are made for him until he gets to a reasonable age, when he’s left with the responsibility of running his altar.
Quite evidently, those families that take their altars seriously, lead more notable lives and stand out in the community.
This altar concept is also seen in most other religions. This therefore, lends credence to the fact that one’s personal altar is the taproot of his spiritual life. The deeper this taproot, the taller your life grows; the more resilient you get, the more you boom and flourish, and the more relevant you are to your world – just like the palm tree.
Little wonder the bible says “the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.” Psalm 92:12. The palm tree has an extremely deep tap root.
Finally, we learnt that it is sacrifice that makes an altar. Without sacrifices, an altar is powerless. There’s no access to the spiritual that costs nothing! This is why spiritual men like David said “I cannot appear before God empty-handed.”
What sacrifices are you laying upon your altar? Your altar is the place you first dedicate your offerings, tithes, and your seeds to God before bringing them to church. How seriously do you take your altar?
May God open our eyes to this spiritual truth.