Scripture: Leviticus 22:21 When anyone offers a sacrifice of well-being to the Lord, in fulfillment of a vow or as a freewill offering, from the herd or from the flock, to be acceptable it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it. 22 Anything blind, or injured, or maimed, or having a discharge or an itch or scabs—these you shall not offer to the Lord or put any of them on the altar as offerings by fire to the Lord.
Observation: Without rules such as these, people would be tempted to bring to the Lord animals who were feeble, diseased, or otherwise undesirable because they could honor the letter of the law with minimal cost – which defeats the purpose. The idea is to give to God something valuable; something that will be missed. In doing so, people place their trust in the Lord and affirm their dependence on him for their provision.
Application: We don’t make animal sacrifices anymore, but the principal still applies to you and me. When I give to God the best of what I have, I’m trusting the Lord will care for my needs. When I give to the Lord the first hour of my day, an hour my to-do list would suggest I don’t have, I’m trusting God will give me grace to accomplish what needs to be done anyway. When I give my full financial tithe (10%) to the Lord, I’m trusting God to make sure my needs are met anyway. When I give my best, I’m relinquishing control and placing myself in God’s hands – which is the point. God doesn’t need my stuff, or my time, but God desires my dependence on him. And, of course, God did not withhold his very best as a sacrifice for us when he sent his son Jesus to die on a cross.
The truth? I have opportunity to grow in this area. What about you?
Prayer: Lord, it’s scary to give to you the best we have. Give us grace to place out trust in you anyway. Amen.