Hope Ministry at Cornerstone Church is an outreach ministry that has numerous areas. A person of the points we do is receive and distribute made use of household furniture. People are consistently in have to have of sofas, beds, dressers and dining home sets. A single day we been given a contact from a person inclined to donate a couch and it was dropped off at the storage area. When we had the likelihood to place it absent, we ended up stunned when we saw the condition it was in! All 4 legs have been damaged off, the material was torn and it was covered in pet hair. We had to haul it to the dump. We are grateful for people’s generosity, but we can not distribute points that are in negative problem.
This reminds me of the individuals of Israel who allow God down by providing of their harmed items. Speaking via the prophet Malachi, God rebuked His folks for sacrificing blind, lame and diseased animals when they had balanced animals to offer you (Malachi 1:6-8). God expressed His unhappiness (v. 10), verified His worthiness, and scolded the men and women for preserving the very best for them selves (v.14).
We, way too, can be tempted to give God our leftovers.
In this Christmas time, we are in particular reminded of how God gave of His best and dearest for our very good. John 3:16 says, “For God so beloved the globe that he gave his just one and only Son, that whoever thinks in him shall not perish but have everlasting lifetime.”
We certainly say that we are grateful, but how do we show our gratitude? Are we truly supplying the Lord the most effective of our time, our sources, and our devotion? Or are we giving Him our crumbs and leftovers?
Not very long ago there was a person in my business office who claimed he believed in God. He considered that God gives us lifestyle and breath every day, offering for our each need to have. I requested him when he had very last study his Bible or attended church. He responded that it experienced been a extensive time. I questioned him why it had been so extensive. He reported that he had been way too hectic.
I reminded him that God is usually there for us and He is under no circumstances far too busy. I inspired him to make the energy to put God initially in His everyday living and to get time each and every day to read through the Bible and to make the time to show up at church. He agreed that he had been keeping out on God and had not been residing in a way that honored Him. The male and his wife were in church the following Sunday.
Throughout this Xmas season, as we replicate on what God has completed for us, we can celebrate His worthiness and honor Him by supplying Him our very very best and by really placing our religion and trust in Him.
Imagine on these issues:
1. Why is it that we are usually tempted to give God our leftovers or destroyed items?
2. What are some techniques to give Him your ideal – now?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you and praise you for the gift of your Son. Thank you for staying my Savior and Lord. Nowadays, I surrender my existence to you. All the things that you have provided me, I place at your feet. Give me what I will need for this working day and aid me to are living as you want me to are living. Permit me be form and generous. Let the adore of Jesus be noticed in me. Amen.