Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Don't Give God Your Leftovers
Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to Him.
Deuteronomy 17:1 (NIV)
In the minds and mouths of Christ-followers, we say God is #1 in our lives. But do our actions prove it?

Unfortunately, I believe the majority of today's Christians give God their leftovers: leftover time, leftover money and leftover energy. Even leftover family.

For instance, most Christians read the Bible occasionally. Many don't read it at all, except a few sentences that appear on a screen during a church sermon. If we aren't strong in The Word, Satan is doubly strong in his lies. Like about tithing.

We become falsely convinced we have more important things to do with our money, even urgent things. How can we give 10% of our vital resources to church? Churches seem to have plenty of everything, and we have bills to pay. We are in a recession... right?

We are eager to 'give' God our embarrassing family members. Desiring to wash our hands of frustration comes easily. However, we have plans for our beloved children or spouses. God is rarely consulted in their destinies--much less given free reign.

What about time for God in prayer and service to others? Does He get our best energy every day or a quick minute of petitions and thank-you's until we're in deep trouble?

If we want God's blessings to chase us down, we must give Him top billing, our #1 time slot, and His cut of the gross. Actually, we must give Him everything we love most. (They're all His anyway.) Once done, He gives back to us many times over.

But we shouldn't expect His best fare if all we're willing to give Him are our leftovers.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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