I’m baaaaaaaacccckkkkkk and ready to share with you all about my most recent ‘hit with a brick’ moment.
How do you feel about leftover food?
I can’t eat leftover food. Unless it is pizza or Cracker Barrel buttermilk pancakes, I cannot bring myself to eat it. It is just not the real deal. It is not fresh. It is not what I paid for.
And even if some of you don’t mind eating leftover food, you have to at least agree with me when I say fresh food is the best food. Can I get an amen?
Now, I want you to imagine going to your most favorite restaurant ever. And I want you to imagine that money is not an issue. You have all the money in the world so you go ahead and spend a fortune or two and order whatever you like, how much ever you like, and for as long as you like. Okay, this is starting to make me hungry… yum, right?
And then imagine you are sitting there waiting for all of this delicious, mouth watering, bought with a price food and then… BOOM. The waiter brings out the food and you realize that it is yesterdays leftovers.
Nothing fresh. Not even warm. Not even a full serving of what you ordered. What the what!
How disappointing would that be? Would you be angry? Would you demand your money back? Or would you demand fresher food? Uh, yeah, I would definitely struggle with being slow to anger and slow to speak in that situation.
Okay, now that we are all hangry, let’s cut to the chase.
This is the same thing that I struggle with on a daily basis.
I am guilty of being the waiter. God is giving His very best, His Son, to die for us. Paying the ultimate price for us so that I can walk in freedom and live in eternity with Him. And what do I do? Serve Him my leftovers. I use all of my energy and time on distractions and worldly things leaving nothing but an empty prayer and a quick skim through the Word as my act of worship towards the One who Saved me from an eternity in Hell.
I am currently reading the book ‘Crazy Love’ by Francis Chan and in it, Chan refers to Malachi 1:8. “But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the Lord.
Chan continues to comment on this verse saying, ” Leftovers are not merely inadequate; from God’s point of view…they’re evil. Let’s stop calling it “a busy schedule” or “bills” or forgetfulness”. It is called evil. God is holy. In heaven exists a Being who decides whether or not I take another breath. This holy God deserves excellence, the very best I have.”
Wow! Tough stuff, but good stuff, am I right?
God deserves your very best. He does not deserve your leftovers. They are evil. He doesn’t want your leftovers. He wants all of you. The very best that you have to offer. The firsts of your mornings and the lasts of your nights. Everyday. You and Him. Forever.
And lucky for us that when we do get distracted that His grace and forgiveness covers all of that!!! He looks at our leftovers and loves us anyway!!!! He chooses everyday to pursue us even when all we have to give is scraps. What a motivator to not get comfortable with serving Him almost nothing.
Scripture tells us in Mark 12:30 that we are to “Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” It is time we do that.
How do we do that? Get motivated. Stay in His Word. Stay in fellowship with other believers to help motivate you. Stay in communication with Him. Cut out distractions. Take the idols in your life that you are giving your all to and get rid of them.
Can I challenge you today? How will you choose to serve the Savior right now? How will you choose to serve the Savior while you’re at work? While you’re at school? While you’re at home with the kids and doing laundry? Don’t give Him your leftovers when He demands and deserves your all, everyday. He wants you. He pursues you. What are you waiting for? Give Him your all today.
Don’t let me get used to giving you leftovers. You have served me Your very best by giving me Your Son to save me from my sins. Help me to give my all back to You. Lord, I am so thankful that your grace is like an ocean. Help me to understand and accept your forgiveness when I do serve You leftovers. Help me to have motivation and conviction so that I can give You my all. You are the breath in my lungs, Lord. Help me use that breath for your good and glory.
Because of Him,
P.S. I am praying for whoever is reading this and for the things that Satan is throwing your way right now. If there is something specific in your life that you need help lifting to the Throne, I’m on it. Leave a comment/message. Or call me, beep me, you know where to reach me.
P.P.S. If you haven’t read ‘Crazy Love’ by Francis Chan, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is packed full of wisdom and God’s truth and hits you right where you least expect it but need it most.