But nothing that a person owns and devotees to the Lord–whether a human being or an animal or family land–may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27:28
Throughout the world there are many people who give things to others or to organizations to help people. Some will often dedicate a portion to be given on a regular basis.
There are some people who have dedicated something to an organization, only to want it back or choose not to give it in the end. There are many reasons why they do this, but overall, what was dedicated is not given.
God told the Israelites that whatever anyone dedicates to the Lord, it must not be sold or redeemed, but is to be most holy to Him.
It is common to hear of believers who promise to give a certain amount of their paycheck on a regular basis to a church or some missions work, but then quickly stop giving it. The dedicated portion is held back for personal needs or desires, rather than given it to God as promised.
At the moment a person promises to give God something, that promise cannot be rescinded or taken back. Every promise must be fulfilled, regardless of the cost of it. God will honor everything given to Him from the heart, whether it costs a lot or little.
One thing that every believer must dedicate to God as holy is his own life. Everything that he thinks, says and does must be dedicated to God and not taken back. He must never take his life back and deliver it to the world of sin, rejecting God and His commands, he is to be devoted and most holy to God, not to this world.
The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you dedicated your life to God as most holy unto Him. Jesus cleansed you from all sin and made you holy. Do not take back your life and give it to the world and sin against God. Remain devoted and holy to God in all that you think, say and do.
As you give your life to God, He will in return give you an abundant life full of His peace and joy that the world cannot provide.
Who or what are you devoted to? Is it to God or to self and this world?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will devote your whole life to God; that you will not try to take back your life from God; and that God will strengthen you to not follow the ways of this world.