The Best or Nothing at All
Posted: Thursday, February 16
Verse of the day:
“If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the Lord. (Leviticus 1:3 NLT)
Leviticus chapter 1 provides God’s instruction regarding burnt offerings. God had told his people that whenever it was time for them to bring a lamb as a worship offering, they should walk through their herds and find the very best lamb; the ‘blue ribbon lamb’, the one that would bring the most money at the marketplace if they were going to sell the animal.
Part of the reason why God wanted them to bring their best lamb was because in the future God would send Jesus Christ into the world as his Lamb that would take away the sins of the world and God knew he was going to give his best Lamb.
So God tells the people, "The standard for lambs is very high. You give me your best lamb because I’m going to give you mine."
Many people would choose to honor God with their best lamb, but many others would instead look for their least valuable lamb, the lamb that wouldn’t fetch any money at the market and they would offer it to God.
I’m so thankful that the sacrificial system is over today; Jesus was the perfect sacrifice once and for all. Yet the principle found in Leviticus 1 remains as true now as ever: God wants our best, or nothing at all. God doesn’t want our time, talent and resources only when it’s convenient for us; that’s akin to offering scraps and leftovers.
God only ever gives us his best; he expects the same in return.