A Worthy Offering

Wendy Pope

Day: 32 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 22

Leviticus 22:20 (NIV) “Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.”

The priests were responsible for preserving the holiness of the gift as well as the holiness of the temple. The giver’s responsibility was to bring the best of what he or she had to give. Our human tendency is to give what’s easiest and cheapest to God. God saw our potential to do that and went so far as to detail the imperfections that would make it less valuable. We might think it callous and a bit demanding that God would only accept a certain quality of gifts. Let’s examine why God required excellence. 

Giving your best will always cost you something. An animal without defect was a very valuable commodity. Giving a gift of such value demonstrated a more costly investment in the individual’s relationship with a holy God. God always gave His best to His people. Was it really too much to ask them to give their best to Him?

This lesson has really made me think. What are my offerings to God like? Am I bringing Him my best in all areas of my life or does He get leftovers? Seriously. Ouch! 

The value of our offering isn’t measured in coins and bills. Maybe our best is to sacrifice time or to step out of our comfort zone. Perhaps God is asking you to tithe or use your talents on the mission field. Our offerings draw us close to God. Today, let’s pause and examine what we are bringing. 

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to this truth. Holy Spirit examine my heart. Quicken my heart to the things I need to change. My desire is to bring my best to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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