Deuteronomy 17:1 Don’t Offer God Junk

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Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him. Deuteronomy 17:1

Giving to others is something that some people do on a regular basis. It often appears good and that they are being very generous, that is until what they are really giving is looked at.

There are many people who bring things to Goodwill or to Salvation Army that are not worth giving. They often give wore out or have broken things to those in need. It is rare, to never, that the best things are given to any one in need. Only the leftovers or rejects are given.

This can often happen in the church in the same way. There are many people who give tithes and offerings to God, but they are only giving the leftovers or the rejects to God. They do not give  the best.

These offerings are not only the physical cash offerings, but their time and efforts. Time and thought is not put into working in a ministry. Focused effort is rarely done with studying God’s word or being a witness. The focus of many people is self or this world, rather than on God and His kingdom. The busyness of this world often leads people to give what is left, and not the best.

God had told the Israelites not to offer any sacrifice that had a defect in it. During that time, they offered physical sacrifices of animals. What people would do would be to offer a defective sheep or ox to God as their offering to Him for one of the festivals. God would find this detestable, because they were giving to get rid of, not to honor and bless God.

Every believer needs to give God his best and trust God for the rest. Give the best of time, money, and effort.

Take time today to focus on what you are giving God. Allow God to have the first and best of everything you have, your time, energy, abilities, and money. Do not give Him only the leftovers or what you really don’t want anyways.

Take time to give God the best of you. Allow God to change the worst in you, but give Him the best, while in the process of change.

How is your giving to God today?

I pray today that you will give to God with a willing heart; that you will give God all of yourself; that you will give God the best; and that you will honor God in all of  your giving. 

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Leviticus 3:6 Offerings Without Defect

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If you offer an animal to the LORD, you are to offer a male or female without defect. Leviticus 3:6

There are many different organizations that are willing to take donations of things to help other people. Two large organizations that do this are the Salvation Army and Goodwill. People are often willing to donate many different items to these organizations.

However, many of these donations are second hand items that are worn out or out of date items. While offering these things is better than nothing, it is not giving the best. It is often giving the leftovers or the unwanted things, rather than giving with joy and sharing the best.

As God was setting up the rules for the Israelites on giving offerings one of the things He stated was that the offerings had to be without defect. At the time, many of the offerings were animals. People would bring in animals that were no longer wanted, because of some defect in the animal. It was not an honor to bring those to God, they would dishonor God with a defective animal. They were not bring their best.

Although animals are no longer offered as sacrifice or an offering to God, people do bring offerings to God. Instead of bringing a defective animal, they bring what is leftover. Spending time with God in prayer is often hurried and as a last minute thought. Giving praise to God is often just a short quick praise or thanks with little to no thought or heart put into it.

The time and things given to God, should be the best and with full heart, not the leftovers or the broken. Offerings are to come from the first fruits, the best, not what is not really wanted or desired.

As you give your offerings and time to God, think about how you are giving and what are you giving to God. Are you giving God the best of  your time, things and abilities, or are you giving the leftovers and what you do not want?

God knows your heart and reason for giving. He also knows what your abilities are. Do not disappoint God with bringing only the unwanted garbage and things you do not want to God. Give only the best. Trust God to take care of you when you bring Him the best offerings to honor Him with all of your heart and life.

I pray today that you will desire to give to God what you have; that you will give only the best to God; that you will trust God with your giving to Him; and that your offerings to God will not be the leftovers or unwanted things only, but the best.