Giving Your Best
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.
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.