Giving Our Best

Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee?  In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil?  and if ye offer the lame and sick is it not evil?  offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person?  saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 1:7-8

In the book of Malachi, God has some serious problems with His people.  They have rejected Him over and over again and are seeing the fruits of those rejections.  In these verses, God is giving them some specifics in which they have rejected Him.

He tells them that they have polluted and despised His altar by offering the incorrect sacrifices.  They were supposed to offering perfect, spotless sacrifices.  They were supposed to offering lambs without spot and without blemish.  They were supposed to be giving the Lord the best that they had.  Instead, they were offering the blind, the weak, the lame and the sick.  They were giving God the leftovers.  Far from giving Him the best they had, they were actually giving Him the worst they had.

Needless to say, God was not pleased.  The question for us is this: what are we giving the Lord?  Are we giving Him the worst that we have or are we giving Him the best?  I once heard it said that we are not going to be able to serve God with our spare time and pocket change.  And I think that is a true statement.  God doesn’t want our leftovers.  He wants our all; He wants our best.  He deserves our all, and He deserves our best.

The Israelites were chastened for trying to give the Lord the weak and sick instead of the best.  What are giving?

4 responses to this post.

  1. This is good Ben! God has been speaking to me a lot about simplifying my life so that I can give Him my best. When our lives are fractured, frantic, and frivolous all we have left is spare time and pocket change. Our culture in particular needs to address this!

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    • I totally agree. There is so much focus on so many things, that so many people (myself often included) simply can’t give God their best. It isn’t that they don’t want to serve God, it’s that they are so busy with other things, God often gets “crowded out.” We can all do better at that.

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  2. Oh I loved this Ben. So perfect for now and what is going on. God bless you as you keep studying His word and sharing insights with us.

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