2 Chronicles 30:15
“Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. ”
The priests and the Levites found that they were ashamed and here is their response to that shame.
1. They Sanctified themselves. To sanctify: to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate, to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding:to sanctify a vow. to entitle to reverence or respect.to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing. So what does it look like in todays world? How do we sanctify ourselves, how do we set ourselves apart? I think the best way to sanctify ourselves is to bind ourselves (mind, body, spirit, soul) to the Lord and then to repent for the things that we have done. In particular, I think that it is extremely important to repent the thing that is bringing us shame and to ask for forgiveness and wisdom in that area of our lives.
When I find myself in shame there is usually an action/behavior or a thought (usually a false truth) that is resulting in shame. By binding my self to the Lord, I break agreement with whatever it is I am believing that is causing the shame. It also brings me into truth and reframes false beliefs.
2. They brought an offering to the house of prayer. I know most think of this as outdated and per Jesus. But here is the truth, an offering is anything you give to the Lord (not just money or lambs) it can be your Time, Energy, Resources, Strength ect: But how do we relate this to shame? What offering do you bring when shame is in your way? You (i) already feel week, in fight or flight mode, what do we bring? I don’t have a good answer for this…. My biggest offering is my willingness to search out truth regarding shame, bringing whatever that is to the Lord and giving it to Him.
What are you doing?