GIVING YOUR VERY BEST
Kathy Bernard - Publisher
"O Lord, you
are worthy to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for you have created all
things. They were created and called into being by your act of will." Revelation 4:11
THERE is a story told about a woman in England who answered her door during a
A wet, rain soaked lady stood outside in the downpour and said,
"Pardon me, Madam. The wind and rain
have completely done me in and I forgot to take an umbrella. I was wondering if I might borrow one... I'll
return it of course tomorrow."
"NOW who is this stranger who stands and asks me for an umbrella?" the
lady of the house thought. "How do I know she'll bring it back?" The lady of the house then reached for an
older umbrella behind the door with broken spines. She
thought, "Even if this person doesn't
return it, I wouldn't have lost much." So
she hands it to the stranger, feeling proud of her clever decision.
THE next day a fine carriage approached the house and stopped in front. A
footman came up to the door and politely knocked. "Pardon madam. The QUEEN wishes to
express her thanks for your kindness of yesterday," he said as he handed her the
"OH", she thought. "Here was the Queen, and I gave her less than the best
DO you give God your best? Or
do you offer Him less than you should as the Israelites did in Malachi 1:13-14? When you bring injured, crippled or diseased
animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands? says the
LORD. Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give
it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king, says the
LORD Almighty, and my name is to be feared among the nation.
GOD reads our hearts. He
knows what we are about and sees the purpose behind what we offer to Him. If we offer worship without a pure heart, it will
be like the imperfect animal the Israelites offered to Him.
And it is an abomination to Him.
THINK about the time you spend bent over a hobby of yours, engrossed and
adoring when you look at your creation. The
world recedes and only that project before you is important. You forget the hours given to it and for the
moment it is your pride and joy. Shouldnt
that same enthusiasm belong to God on a daily basis?
For after all, without Him as Creator and Lord you would not have life or
ability to enjoy all that He gives.
Does God really need anything from us? Yes, He does.
Amazing, isn't it? It shows
us the awesome complexity of God. It is a wondrous and incredible thought that God
created us to answer that need. He wants to
connect intimately with each one of us. He
wants our love. He wants this so much that He
gave up His Son to pay for mankind's sinful ways, to purge and make us whole and worthy to
live with Him eternally.
THROUGH the gift of Free Will, He patiently waits for us to realize His
sovereignty and our dependence on Him. He
wants us to come willingly to Him, giving reverence for all He has freely given. He challenges us to come, surrendering ourselves
with love and devotion.
Have you given yourself in total submission by
offering the exaltation that rightfully belongs only to Him?
If you are really committed and serious about your faith and your
walk with the Lord, there is no other option but to give recogniton and esteem to Him in
all things. And if you really are serious about wanting to be closer, choices will become
insignificant for you will know there can be only one choice.
There is a song written by Stuart K. Hine that expresses in words what should be in your
heart and mine when we go before God in humble praise and prayer: "O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder, Consider all
the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power
throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee: How great
Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee: How great Thou
art!" There is a power of such magnitude when we visualize the magnificent
majesty of God and we stand in terrifying wonder at His greatness.
efforts do you expend in honoring the Lord, not only for your existence but the love He
extends to you and the blessings each day that He bestows upon your family? In Isaiah 29:13, God accuses His people because
they "come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts
are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." If we love the Lord then He is worthy
to be praised with high reverence. We honor
Him by acknowledging that He is Lord, and when we proclaim His Name to others.
IMAGINE a friend you gave a very expensive gift to for a birthday gift. That person may take it and forgot to thank you
for it, running off to enjoy it, never acknowledging its worth or value. Week after week you see this friend fully enjoying
the gift, and even hearing great comments made to others about it, but never once giving
credit to you for thinking of it, or spending time and money to obtain it. Only if something goes wrong or breaks do you
hear about it at all. This is often how we
treat the Lord. We forget His gifts, His
grace and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ for our salvation. Some of us
grudgingly pinch off a margin of time from our busy schedules and consider it sufficient.
We attend church on Sunday and feel we have done our duty.
During the week, we section off a few good deeds and throw those into that same pot
of duty and consider our work done as Christians.
IS this really our best? Perhaps
we do not give our best because we don't want to change.
If we get too close we will recognize that we must give up some of our
earthly baggage and live a cleaner life. The
constant exposure to God through prayer and worship demands change and some of us are
resistant to this. What God is looking for is a day-to-day simplicity of heart, a
forthright commitment that is a continual obedience and worship. And He wants you to share all things with
Him, so much so that He made sure that you could live forever with Him if you follow Him
in faith and dutiful submission. 2
Chronicles 16:9 tells us The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. If you are in a personal relationship with the
Lord, it will produce actions honoring God. This
homage flows from and is directed by a heart devoted and obedient.
WHEN the Lord stands before us, we do not want to be like the English lady in
the story who kept her best umbrella hidden for her own use, not realizing she was in the
company of the queen. What she did
could never be contracted back but became a living reminder of how she behaved before
earthly royalty and ultimately before the Lord. She
could only learn to move forward and learn from her experience.
ARE we giving God one hundred percent of our best? Is everything we do an honor to the Almighty? It is not about OUR being the best for we
stand like "filthy rags" before Him (Isaiah 64:6), but GIVING our best through
God's grace each day of our lives with love and faithfulness to His teachings. Isnt that what God really wants?
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the
and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
"To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!"
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