Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
(Malachi 1:8 (NIV))
Let’s put this in a modern context.
When you give out of what you have left, is that truly giving with a cheerful heart?
When you give out of your rejects, are you truly giving or are you throwing away what you don’t want?
When you do less than what is expected, even though you can do much more that what is expected, is that right?
When you allow others to do for you and you take the credit, is that right?
When you give to God as an afterthought, what does that say about your motives and your heart?
I hope that you know exactly how God feels about this type of giving. Would you treat your family in this manner? Would you treat your friends in this manner? What if God had treated us in his manner? What if God had given us His second best? What if He had decided not to send His Son, Jesus, to walk among us and to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins?
What if God had decided that we weren’t worth His best?
Think about that. Where would that leave each of us? It took God’s best to atone for our sins. Why do we think that we can give less than our best to thank God for giving us His best?