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Repulsive Leftovers

Posted: Saturday, December 30

 Pastor Tom Murray/

Pastor Tom Murray/

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Malachi 1:1-2:17
Revelation 21:1-27
Psalm 149:1-9
Proverbs 31:10-24

Verse of the Day:

“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 1:14 NIV)


There’s a reason we dread cleaning out the fridge.  

 

That reason is Tupperware, Rubbermaid or Pyrex storage containers filled with leftovers from who knows when.  That food was put in the fridge with great intentions of someone eating it for lunch the next day or a late night snack.  Then, days became weeks - and that forgotten, remaining pasta turned from appetizing to a stinky mess.

 

We don’t want to eat our own outdated leftovers.  We certainly wouldn’t serve them to our friends.

 

Yet, we can become satisfied with bringing God our leftovers.  We can become content with offering our Heavenly Father whatever is left of our time, talent and treasure after everything else is done and everything else is purchased.

 

God called out His people for being disrespectful when they offered injured, lame and diseased animals during a time when they were supposed to bring their very best as an act of worship.

 

“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 1:14 NIV).


 

Thanks to the death Jesus Christ paid on the cross, God no longer asks us to bring sacrificial animals to the altar.


 

He does ask that we honor Him with the way that we live.

 

The challenge is to bring God our best.  Elevate worship, prayer, time together with believers and serving.  We’re not fooling God.  He knows when we’re serving Him our leftovers.