09 February 2008

A Lenten thought...

Who among us, if we were planning to invite a respected person to our home for dinner, would rifle around in the refrigerator and drag out last Tuesday's left-overs to warm up for our guest? Rather, would we not make a special trip to the grocery store, list in hand, and find the best that our circumstances would allow, so that the meal would represent our best offering?

If this is true on the most basic human level, surely it should be true in our relationship with God. The offering of our first-fruits to the Lord is a scriptural principle of which we need to be reminded on a regular basis.

How easy it is to slip into the bad habit of giving God our left-over time, our left-over money, and our left-over love. But the Lord, who has given Himself to us, deserves nothing less than our very best.