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.
What a great devotion! I think God deserves our best and if we truly love Him and He is at the center of our hearts than we will give Him our best. When we dedicate our children to Him we are giving back to Him what is most precious to us and we acknowledge although He gave us children as a gift that they really belong to Him. I have learned that we can’t hold on to things, that all that we have belongs to God. When we hold to things tightly we are placing those things before God and when that happens we find ourselves in a dangerous place. Our best belongs to Him. Our resources, our time, our energy and all that we have should be given to Him and be used for His glory. We see examples in the Bible of what happens to those who give Him second best and withhold from Him what He desires. Abel’s sacrifice was not accepted, offerings and sacrifices that were blemished were not accepted and even Ananias and Sapphira who withheld from God their best were struck dead. Do not play around and let other things become your god. God will not be mocked. I believe that because Jesus was the once and for all sacrifice and because of grace we can achieve giving our best to Him. As you begin your week this week make conscious decision to give best to Him, He not only deserves it , but He requires it! Have a great Monday! Tell yourself what I tell myself: “This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!”