This week while reading the Old Testament book of Malachi, during my daily Bible reading, I read about God’s desires for us to give Him our very best in all that we do. As the ancient prophet was challenging the people of Israel to give their best to God in their sacrifices I sensed the Holy Spirit challenging me to give God my best as I live for Him and serve Him.
I’m not sure how you feel about leftover meals, some of them I really like, others, well not so much. We give of ourselves everyday at our jobs, to our families, to our hobbies and special interests and then at the end of the day we discover that our tank is completely empty and we haven’t given God our best. We come to our weekends and the week has been so demanding that when we get to church on Sunday morning, if we make it to church at all, we find ourselves so tired that we don’t receive or contribute anything to our worship experience and we feel like going to church was a waste of precious time and energy. Not only were we not able to give God our best, but we may have had nothing at all to offer Him, not even the leftovers of our week.
Jesus summed it up very simply when He said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Maybe you have this all down and you are giving God your best everyday and seeking Him and His righteousness first in your life, but I have to admit, I am working on it and some days I have a very long way to go. After reading God’s Word to Malachi and His people of every generation, I am going to work harder at it.