“You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.”
This morning I’m reminded that we are to bring our best before God. He is great and mighty and glorious. He reigns on high, above all the wonders this universe holds. He humbled Himself and went through death to save us. Far be it from us to offer this God our leftovers. To give our best to everything else – everything less – and leave Him with whatever we have left.
It isn’t a matter of making ourselves worthy. Proving ourselves or cleaning ourselves up for Him. We could never accomplish that. Rather, it is the recognition of who He is. Jesus Christ is our treasure worth giving up everything for. And our God of heaven is magnificent and holy. He deserves nothing less than everything.
Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us to “love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Jesus declared this the greatest commandment. We are to love Him with all that we are. Pursuing Him, seeking after His kingdom and His righteousness, living out our faith in His commands to serve others and lovingly compel them to be reconciled to God.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” This is the single-minded passion with which we are to live. Determined to leave nothing undone. Giving our best, giving our everything, to know the God whom we serve and to live our lives as He leads.
It can be easy, in the comfort of our homes or our churches, hearing an impassioned speaker teach with charismatic delivery, to say that we will live this way. We can get caught up in the energy of the moment and feel this spiritual high and believe that now everything will be different. Because now we feel the passion it requires. Now we will love God more and now we will pursue Him and our race will look powerful going forward. But at some point, that high will drop. The energy from that moment will fade. There will be seasons of discouragement and difficulty and unforeseen obstacles to face.
There isn’t anything wrong with speakers who motivate God’s people and encourage their hearts – on the contrary, I believe God gives them the words to speak so that He can strengthen and raise up His people. We typically need some kind of catalyst to get us out of the apathy that seeps into our hearts and lives. But the key is determining to give our all regardless of how we feel. So that on the days when it’s a struggle, we still seek to give God the best that we have. We choose to love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our might…even when we don’t feel strong at all. Even when we feel like we don’t have anything to give.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us.
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12
There will be times when it seems like we don’t have anything to offer. Perhaps we fail and everything we are looks too broken to bring to God. We see our weakness and we feel unacceptable. But even here, bring all that you are. God is your strength. He is your righteousness. He makes you new. He raises you up. And He takes your weaknesses and is glorified through them. God will still use you here, in your brokenness. You simply must come to Him and offer yourself.
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the LORD shall guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Today, decide to bring your best before Him. Bring Him everything. He will restore the brokenness, He will be glorified in your weakness, and He will be honored and magnified through the sacrifice you bring. Because it displays His worth – that He is worth it all; He is worth your best. “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).