Does God deserve our best? Why is it that He often gets our leftovers then? Far too often God doesn’t get the best of our time and talents, but the leftovers, the “if I have times”, and the scraps. Honestly, I don’t believe Christians set out to give God less than their best, but it happens when intentional steps are not taken to ensure He gets the best.
Every semester at Heartland Baptist Bible College, we had to deep clean our dormitory for a white glove inspection. This was all in an effort to help keep the campus clean, and teach the students disciple at the same time. My first year, I distinctly remember my RA, Nate Britt, taking time to encourage and charge us all in the task ahead.
He reminded us of verses like Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”. At the conclusion of his charge, he had us sing a song that I had never heard before. At college, I learned tons of new songs that my church never sang. This song struck a chord in my soul, and its message resonated with truth of hearty work. The song was “Our Best” written by S.C. Clark in 1912.
Hear ye the Master’s call, “Give Me thy best!”
For, be it great or small, that is His test.
Do then the best you can, not for reward,
Not for the praise of men, but for the Lord.
Every work for Jesus will be blest,
But He asks from everyone his best.
Our talents may be few, these may be small,
But unto Him is due our best, our all.
Wait not for men to laud, heed not their slight;
Winning the smile of God brings its delight!
Aiding the good and true ne’er goes unblest,
All that we think or do, be it the best.
Night soon comes on apace, day hastens by;
Workman and work must face testing on high.
Oh, may we in that day find rest, sweet rest,
Which God has promised those who do their best.
The reality is that God DOES deserve our best, and He demands it. God doesn’t want what we have leftover, He wants our firstfruits, the best, the freshest, the most excellent.
Solomon gives us a great example of giving God the best. He spared no expense, and didn’t cut any corners in building the Temple. It was massive, it was beautiful, and it was expensive. For 7 years, Solomon poured his attention and resources into making the most perfect House of God he could. In upcoming verses, we will see God’s approval about this building, and it is a testimony to the effort Solomon put into it.
If you are ever going to cut corners or get chintzy, don’t do it with God. Make a choice to give God your best. Broken stuff that you are replacing isn’t what should be given to the Lord, give the best you can. The money left at the end of the month is not what should belong to God, the best at the first does. Our half-effort and throwing something together at the last minute is not our best for the Lord.
I understand that each person has different talents, abilities, and resources, but YOU give the best YOU can give. God is still more impressed with the Widow’s Mite.
Have you been giving God your best, or just your scraps? Make a point today to give God your best and your first in everything: time, talent, and treasures.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Kings 6 - 7
1 Kings 6:1
“And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD”