Stewardship: Week 3 - Devotion 2
“When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn't that wrong? And isn't it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!" says the Lord Almighty." Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?" asks the Lord Almighty.” - Malachi 1:8-9
In the Old Testament times, the Hebrew people were required to bring animals to the priests to be sacrificed for the forgiveness of their sin. Some thought a good and healthy animal was too valuable to present for sacrifice, so they opted instead to bring their second, third, and fourth best to the priest. Malachi had a good point when he asked if government officials would accept such a pitiful payment for taxes.
We don't have to sacrifice animals for the forgiveness of our sins today because Jesus took care of our sin problem once and for all on the cross. Still, when it comes to stewardship, we sometimes revert back to wanting to give our leftover time or small portions of our talents and abilities for his service. Are you sometimes tempted to:
Do all the things you want to do then with what time is left serve God through your church?
Sing or act in school productions but sit on the sidelines when it comes to your youth praise team or drama group?
Be known as a strong leader at school but take the meek and mild approach at church?
Challenge yourself to live by the biblical standard for stewardship which is giving back to God the very best that you have for His glory.