Give God Your Best Everyday
Do you have a favorite restaurant? Maybe somewhere you like to go to when you have a date night with your husband or out with friends? My son may say; “Chick-Fil-A”, yet my husband and I agree on the sushi place around the corner from our house. During this pandemic we find ourselves maybe even craving for our favorite places or local establishments. Maybe it’s the mouth-watering burger or steak or even the obeyance of social hour we long for. As the Coronavirus spreads, our homes may feel like a restaurant. I know I find myself in the kitchen more than ever!
Even writing this blog, I’m thinking about what I will make for dinner? As I open the refrigerator, I find some leftovers and pan for the easy route. It’s heated up chicken from the previous night, add a salad and fruit and call it a night. Doesn’t sound really creative, does it? But, defiantly easy! Sometimes I will even get bored of making the same meal and hope for a new recipe. How many ways can you really make chicken? Apparently over a hundred! Ha.
In preparing for dinner I thought about the book of Malachi 1:6-14 where we find the Israelite’s bringing leftovers (defiled food) to the altar for worship. It was blind, lame and sick animals rather than giving the best of their flock to The Lord. Leviticus 22:17-25 Speaks of the offerings accepted and not accepted as befitting a holy God. The priests were to monitor these sacrifices. Yet, people saved the best for themselves and offered God the rejects. God in turn wishes that at least one priest would close the temple doors and say NO to this blatant disrespect.
12 “But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s table. 13 You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord. 14 “Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and my name is feared among the nations!
What the people didn’t realize is not that God needs anything as He is the source of everything, but the gifts (animal sacrifices) reflect what’s in our hearts. Do you ever find yourself going through the motions of worship and find your heart not in it? This is exactly how the Israelites felt. Luke 12:34 Says; “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Is my prayer a motion or is my heart cheerful, open and honest to speak to Him? Do I dishonor God by my actions? Do I turn up my nose to my convictions? When we give less than our best to God, as the Israelites did, we in turn show our disrespect to Him or even a lack of trust in Him.
This passage in Malachi opened the refrigerator door of my heart. I had to look at my day and attitude toward my Heavenly Father. Am I bored of bringing Him honor and respect? Am I too busy with my day and giving Him my leftovers? What we give God reflects our true attitude toward Him.
DON’T GIVE GOD YOUR LEFTOVERS. Give God your Best each day and Be Blessed!