Malachi 1: 13-14 “When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14 “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, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.
My dog loves table scraps. If she wants a good treat she sits by my wife. She knows who is going to hook her up. But it gets even better after a meal. If there is a little meat left over on a plate, she is going to get the treat of her life. Yes that’s right, random food off several plates. It may seem gross to you, but it is a dog’s heavenly buffet. She’s not picky, either. She will take just about anything!
God… not so much. He doesn’t want table scraps. He doesn’t want the leftovers. He makes this abundantly clear in Malachi 1. Now keep in mind that He is speaking to Israel in regards to their command to keep the law of the Lord. They were required to bring a sacrifice to atone for their sins. It seems like it really ticked God off when they would give Him their table scraps. They were expected to give Him their first and their best. But what was happening was that they would find the sheep that was pretty much worthless and needed to be killed anyway and give it to Him. That’s no sacrifice at all! That’s just pawning off your crap to God and calling it a sacrifice.
I wonder if we do the same thing sometimes. We give God our leftovers and call it a relationship. We forget our lunch at home and call it fasting. We pray over our food at dinner and say we’ve spent time in prayer today. We read an inspirational scripture verse that someone posted on Facebook and call it time in the Word. Uh, no. That’s table scraps. There’s no work, no sacrifice in any of that. God asks us to put Him first, to give Him our best! So don’t bring Him your lame, diseased, injured sacrifice. Instead, truly put Him first and give Him the best of all you’ve got! Not because it’s required by law, but because it is what He deserves. I think you will find that when you give Him what He deserves, tremendous blessing will flow into your life.
*Are you giving God table scraps?