Giving Our Best to God
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the LORD Almighty. “It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ “You place defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible. When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled 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 1:6-8)
In the Old Testament, offering animals as a sacrifice to God was an important ritual. In the days of Malachi, the people in Jerusalem had started to deviate from God’s plan. They were doing many sinful things, one of which is described in the passage above. The spirit of the original Old Testament offering was to bring God the best animals to be sacrificed, but the people of Jerusalem began bringing the crippled and diseased animals to God instead of their very best. God was not happy with the people for this, and refused to accept their offerings.
In the New Testament Jesus was the Lamb of God who offered himself as the ultimate sacrifice to God to take away the sins of the entire world. His sacrifice put an end to the need for sacrificing animals, but even today we are still called to make offerings to God. We make offerings to God today in the form of our time, our talents, and our money. We do this as a way to glorify God and to put him first in our lives and as a demonstration of our love and faith in Him. Just as it was in Malachi’s day, it is important to give God our very best.
It is easy today to get off course and to forget to give God our very best. Sometimes due to other commitments that take up our time, talents, and money we can have the tendency to try to give God “what is left over”. This is not God’s desire for us. When we have a guest over to our house for dinner, we would never offer them leftovers from a previous dinner. We would make them a feast! This is the same way we should treat God. Make sure you are giving Him your best everyday.