the ideal day to give God your very best.
“Now if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he is going to offer out of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without defect before the Lord.” Leviticus 3:1 NASB
Moses tried to teach the people of Israel to offer only their very best to God. Before Christ eliminated the need for animal sacrifices, it was always stressed that each person should sacrifice the best they had to show their love for God.
With the death of Jesus on the cross, it was no longer necessary to offer sacrifices to atone for our sins. The blood of Christ washed them away. His death did not, however, remove what should be our joyful obligation to give our best to God.
Obedience to God is a good way to give Him our best. When speaking to Saul, “Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.’” (1 Samuel 15:22 NASB).
Each day should begin with our giving thanks to God for all that He does for us. When we begin our day offering our best attitude to God, we demonstrate to Him that He is important to us and we also show Him how much we need Him.
Speaking through Hosea, the Lord said, “I want you to show love, not sacrifices. I want you to know Me more than I want burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 NLT).
God wants each one of us to know Him. He gives us so much that most of us never think to be grateful for. Instead of giving Him cheerful gratitude, we often offer grumbling dissatisfaction with our lives, and instead of being humbly thankful, we are selfishly demanding.
Each one of us was blessed at birth with more than many of us are aware of. When fed a steady diet of the Word of God, we can take full advantage of the beauty that life contains, and can be found even in situations that we may think are less than beautiful.
When we give a smile to someone who needs one; when we help, in some way, to feed those who are hungry; when we offer words of comfort and solace to someone who is sad or has experienced loss – when we do any of these things or anyone of hundreds of other little things that demonstrate our understanding of God’s hope for His children, we are giving God our best.
The best that we have to offer God is not fancy or expensive. It is simply sincere, and honest. It comes from our heart and then it becomes the best that we give to God.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson