Do we give our best to God?

So today I was reading Malachi 1. I was particularly struck by this chapter and especially verse 8 which says:

8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.

Think about the logic. No one would give a human governor the lame and expect favor in return. But how often do we save our very best for those we respect the most in this life, and then give God what’s left. In essence, by only giving God what time we have left or what money we can spare or the talents that don’t require too large an investment, we are doing the same thing as the priest of Malachi’s day.

And as a preacher of the Gospel, when we fail to adequately study God’s Word, when we focus on building our kingdom more than building God’s kingdom, when we neglect to help the poor while amassing personal wealth, or when we supplant the power of the Gospel with the innovation of human technology, are we not offering blind animals in sacrifice?

I desire to give God my best and not worry about what man thinks about it. After all, the God that created us and loved us enough to send His only Son to die in our place deserves the best we have. God gave the best for us. What are we going to give back to Him?

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