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Giving God Our Best
4/13/2012

Giving God Our Best
Not Just What's Left

"A son honors his father, And a servant his master.  If then I am the Father, Where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence?  Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name." Malachi 1:6 (NKJV)


I don't know about you but I value my time very much.  It is one of my most valuable assets and when I invest it into people or projects I like to think I have given something of great worth.  Often times we can find ourselves giving things to people pretty easily because they really don't cost us anything.  But when something is valuable to us we tend to hold on a little tighter.  

Such was the case with the Israelites as recorded in the Book of Malachi.  God was angry with them because they were bringing in their sick and lame animals to sacrifice, and their food offerings were defiled (Mal. 1:7-8).  The priests were responsible for reflecting God's attitudes and character, so by allowing the people to bring in these imperfect sacrifices they were leading the people to believe God accepted those sacrifices as well.  We can clearly see how God let them know how He felt about this.  

 "I have no pleasure in you," Says the LORD of hosts, "Nor will I accept an offering from your hands." Malachi 1:10 (NKJV)

As Christian men and women we can be just like these priests because we also reflect God to our family and friends.  When we casually accept sin just as the priests did we must understand God is no more pleased with us than He was with the priests.  We must ask ourselves this question.

Q:    What image of God's character do others see in me?

We are told in Romans 12:2 we are to be a living sacrifice to God, so if we find ourselves giving God our leftover time, energy, and money, we are only repeating what these worshipers were doing—refusing to give anything of value to God.  
 
I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's not be so casual about accepting sin when we see it for what it is.  Let's choose to give God our best no matter what it costs us.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Malachi 1:10 how did God feel about the inferior sacrifices given to Him and about the people who were giving them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is what you are giving to God of great value or is it simply what is left over?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to give God the best of our firstfruits.  

Let's Pray…

Father, we thank You and praise You for all provision.  Father, help us to see sin for what it is and to never be complacent and apathetic to it.  Help us to reflect Your character properly to those around us.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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