Giving Your Best

Leviticus 7:3-4
“And he shall offer from it all its fat. The fat tail and the fat that covers the entrails, the two kidneys and the fat that is on them by the flanks, and the fatty lobe attached to the liver above the kidneys, he shall remove;”

FullSizeRender.jpgIn Biblical times, fat was a sign of an animal’s health and vigor. When it came time to divide the offerings, the fat was always devoted to the Lord. This was not done for health reasons, but as an illustration of giving our best to God. While the Cross made the need for daily offerings obsolete, the idea of offering our best to the Lord remains, and is one of the chief aspects of worship.

Sometimes we reduce worship to the singing of songs prior to a Bible study, but worship is much more than that. We might define proper worship as the offering of our lives to the Lord. It is when we offer ourselves to the Lord that singing becomes worship.

Whatever we might offer to God, it is important to remember that He deserves the best. Like the fat of the lamb, we want to offer the best of our gifts, time, talents, and treasures. Sadly, it is not uncommon for us to offer the leftovers to God. Like eating all we can then scooping the scraps into a to-go box, we bring what is left to the Lord. When I first began to serve in the ministry, I  recall going through boxes of donated stuff to organize it for various missions. Some things were carefully selected and purchased as an offering to the Lord, other things looked as though someone had cleaned out their garage and did not know what to do with all the junk. It was fascinating how many single shoes we found.

When considering what to give to God, keep in mind, He deserves the best. If an offering does not cost us something, maybe it is not worth giving.

Pastor Jim

 

2 thoughts on “Giving Your Best

  1. Kelly Grace February 20, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    When I think of how I use my time and, even more precious, my energy—I don’t want to offer the Lord a single shoe 😉
    The truth you brought out in this post takes the central thought from Lev. 7:3-4 and translates it across time and culture so that it speaks to our hearts today.

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