God Deserves our Best
Category : General
Malachi 1: 6 (KJV)
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name.
Are you the best worshiper you can be? Are you the best giver? The best shopper? That doesn’t mean if you love to shop the best, it means can you get the best bargain for your money? Why ask these questions? Some people might actually be offended by them. After all, they ask, who’s watching? Who’s counting? It’s not anyone else’s concern how I do. Well, it really is all of our concern. If no one does their best, then the whole community, the whole family, the whole church is dramatically affected.
The phrase “doing your best” has become so clichéd that it hardly means anything anymore. Doing our best has come to mean just getting by. Our minimums have become our maximums.
In 2 Samuel 24, David came to the recognition that his own sin had led Israel astray, and God’s judgment had come in the form of a plague on the people. David interceded in prayer and then he wanted to offer a sacrifice to God. He went to a place owned by a man named Araunah and told him that he wanted to buy his threshing floor so that he could build an altar to the Lord. Araunah generously offered to give the oxen for the offering and the wood for the fire – kind of a “turn-key” sacrifice. All David had to do was sit in the pew and everything would be taken care of for him.
Instead of looking for a shortcut, David refused this discount and said in verse 24: “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” Likewise, we must give sacrificially, not sacrilegiously.
Are you giving God the best? Are you striving to give Him the first? And does your giving cost you something? Are you offering to God that which you would not dare offer a lesser person? Are you offering to God that which even a pagan would not offer to their gods? Do you honor God by the life you live?
Have a great and God filled day!