Monday, January 17, 2011
Does God Get Our Best?
What if you had company over for the evening? When we have people over I always go the extra mile to make sure the house looks just so. Make sure the dust bunnies took the night off and the toilets all got flushed. Tell the kids to be on their best behavior and the dogs to stop barking. I want everything to be just right.
What about at church on Sundays? We may fight with our spouse or argue with the kids the entire drive to church, but we walk in the door with a giant smile on our face and kind words for our fellow church goers. Our Bible may have set on the bookshelf all week long, but we dust if off for Sunday morning. We have to put up just the right appearance.
"'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 1:8
While reading Malachi this really hit me hard. God was to get a acceptable male from the flock, but they we offering blemished sacrifices instead. How many times do we do that?
My church is a very laid back church, which I love. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted. That is great! But in that, I feel I personally have become lazy. If I am dressing better for a night out with the family than I am for God, or if I would dress better for meeting a 'celebrity' than for God, there is a problem.
If we are putting on a smile and giving out kind words to everyone, but in the quiet of our home we have an ugly attitude, there is a problem.
God deserves our best. Our very best. He needs to be our top priority. I want God to get my best attitude and my best efforts. Today, let's evaluate our lives. Pray and ask God to show you where you are putting Him on the back burner and make an effort to change that. Let's give God our best!