(Ex. 23:17) “Three times a year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God.”
God commanded the men in Israel to appear before him three times a year. Thus, they were required to present themselves before God, and when they showed up they were not to show up empty handed. They were expected to bring an offering. And men of God, the Lord is looking for men (who claim to love Jesus) to show up to the throne of grace daily, and He expects that we won’t show up empty handed, but with something to offer God. He expects that our offerings will be a broken spirit and contrite hearts. He expects men to show up with a sacrifice of praise; he expects us to show up and give an account of how we’ve been living our lives; he expects us to show up for prayer, study and instruction on how to live this life skillfully. Another term for living this life with skill is “holiness”. The Father is looking for men to show up who are not afraid to cry when they are hurting, men who are not afraid or too prideful to ask him for help when they need it; men who are not afraid to cry out to God in a public assembly or those who aren’t afraid to become Jesus freaks. Thus, even as he commanded Israel to present all males to him in the OT days, the request today is the same “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need (Heb 4:15)”; and this presentation of ourselves is a daily requirement. Therefore, let us step our game up.
God Bless You