Sunday, August 8, 2021

Do You Give of Your Best to the Master?

Do You Give of Your Best to the Master?

You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 17:1 

God's love moved Him to sacrifice that which meant the most to Him—His only Son. Our response, if we truly understand His love for us, is the desire to give back to God that which means the most to us. The Old Testament reveals that God set forth high standards for the sacrifices He required of His people. A worthy sacrifice had to cost the people something. As their hearts shifted away from God, the people began struggling to give God costly offerings. They would bring blind, lame, and sick animals, assuming God could not tell the difference (Mal. 1:8). God saw what they were doing and declared their offerings to be in vain (Mal. 1:10). Throughout the Old Testament period, God was setting the stage for the ultimate, perfect, and sinless sacrifice of His Son for the sins of humanity. The offerings we give back to God reveal our hearts’ condition. A heart that overflows with gratitude for God's love will respond in selfless devotion. If we are unwilling to sacrifice our time, our possessions, our money, or our energy, we indicate that we do not love God as He desires. God takes delight in the person who gives to Him cheerfully out of a loving heart, a person who understands that God is the source of everything he has and who knows that God will more than compensate for whatever is sacrificed for Him (2 Cor. 9:8). If you struggle in giving your best offerings to God, pause and reflect on what God sacrificed for you. Trust Him and give Him the best that you have because you love Him with all your heart. Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

So many in this world have been duped by the philosophy of deserving the best in their lives. 

That you should have the best looks, the best car, the best...well name it. 

That you should choose your best look...picking out even your gender.  

Essentially not accepting the true will of God in your life is what the message from Satan is. 

Within the Church, the lives of the called of God. The Saved among mankind. Do you give of your best to the Master?

What would be seen, should God show you, of that which is within your heart?

Would you see a heart that gives of the best you have to offer, or do you try to give what you figure you can afford to give up?

Didn't God provide all that you have and you erroneously believe that you have earned?  You may think that you have earned your wages that end up in your bank account, but it was God who established that in your life.  It's not your looks or abilities that have you where you are in your prosperity. It's you receiving grace and mercy.  

Wipe off your mirror well.  Clean it off and look hard at your life.  If you aren't giving your best to your Master, Jesus Christ, then which Master are you giving it to?  Jesus said you cannot serve two. 

Your life reflects who you serve. 

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