July 27, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 31     

God Requires the Best

It is a simple statement of scriptural truth to say that God demands the best in our lives. He expects our very best efforts in service, our deepest devotion in worship, and our most diligent activity in his cause. Every child of God should be urged to give more liberally, pray more fervently, and strive more faithfully for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. God is never satisfied with a "hand-out of left-overs." He must come first in our ministrations.


The law of sacrifice given to Israel did not permit them to insult Jehovah by offering a sick, maimed, or deformed lamb from their flocks. The animals offered on God's altar had to be choice animals, the firstlings of the flock (Ex. 12:5). It was to be a lamb or goat "without blemish," a male of the first year. If this restriction had not been made, if God had not demanded this much respect upon the part of the worshippers, no doubt some of the people would have offered the culls or worthless animals from their herds and flocks. God has never been pleased with less than our best. It is an insult to God, and reflects on man's sincerity, when only the "crumbs from the table" are offered to God.


Israel was prone to accept the idolatrous practices of the heathen nations where they dwelt, and at the same time keep up a pretense of loyalty to Jehovah. However, the very first of the ten commandments declared, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3). He must be exalted above all others, "The Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords" (Deut. 10:17). Note the song of Moses and the children of Israel, "Who is like unto thee, 0 Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Ex. 15:11). God's anger was kindled against them when they turned to idols. "Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities" (Jer. 8:19). They were plainly told, and so are we, that they should worship no other God (Ex. 34:14). This not only excluded the heathen gods, but it also excludes the gods of sinful pleasure, wealth, pride, and lust for power that control the lives of countless thousands today.


Too few of us have ever really given God our best but this is exactly what he demands. Many of us have a "religion of convenience," if indeed it can be called religion at all, because we come to worship when we please, work a little bit when it suits us, and serve ourselves more than we serve our Lord. Man has been given six days to labor and one day to worship but man often steals the Lord's Day for his own pleasure and forgets to worship God. Some profess to be too busy to worship God. They don't have time they say-their time is employed, their money is invested, and their attention is focused upon the things of this world. The creature has not time for his Creator. What a pitiful plight; no wonder Paul speaks of some whom the god of this world has blinded, "lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Cor. 4:4).


There are certain things in which the Lord demands our very best:

1. He demands our deepest love and devotion in worship, (Jno. 4:23,24).
2. He requires our whole-hearted commitment to his cause, (Mt. 6:19,20,33).
3. He calls for the best service that we can render, (1 Cor. 15:58).
4. He requests our unswerving loyalty, (Lk. 9:62).

When you sing that familiar song, "GIVE OF YOUR BEST TO THE MASTER," what does it mean to you? Is it mere lip service that is being offered to God? In life, love and labor why not give the Lord the best that you have? Remember, a hearse is a poor vehicle to come to church in!

J. A. McNutt

Other Gods

What other gods could we have besides the Lord? Plenty. For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the great gods Sex, Shekels, and Stomach (an unholy trinity constituting one god: self), and the other enslaving trio, Pleasure, Possessions, and Position, whose worship is described as “The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). Football, the Firm, and Family are also gods for some. Indeed the list of other gods is endless, for anything that anyone allows to run his life becomes his god and the claimants for this prerogative are legion. In the matter of life’s basic loyalty, temptation is a many-headed monster.

James Packer, Your Father Loves You

A Buddhist Temple

Hideyoshi, a Japanese warlord who ruled over Japan in the late 1500s, commissioned a colossal statue of Buddha for a shrine in Kyoto. It took 50,000 men five years to build, but the work had scarcely been completed when the earthquake of 1596 brought the roof of the shrine crashing down and wrecked the statue. In a rage Hideyoshi shot an arrow at the fallen colossus. “I put you here at great expense,” he shouted, “and you can’t even look after your own temple.”

Today in the Word, MBI, August, 1991, p. 23

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