Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Our 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)
Jesus called his disciples to Him and said, 'I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything...'
Mark 12:43-44 (NLT)
In the minds and mouths of Christ-followers, we say God is #1 in our lives. But do our acts bear witness to our words?

Or... do we give Him our spares and leftovers? Our leftover time, cash and attention, or leftover people we'd like to skip.

Research shows: Most Christians read the Bible occasionally, if It's read at all. They reduce Word-time to Sunday sermons or trusting a Verse- as others tell It.

But if we aren't strong in His Mighty Word, Satan is stronger in his mighty lies.

Like about tithing. We have needs, wants, plans and priorities. Many fancy churches seem prosperous, so why would a great God want our money?

(Hint: He doesn't, but He does want His kids to learn what's valuable... and what's NOT.)

What about the time we spend in prayer? Does He get our best morning energy or a few quick petitions and thank-you's... until we're faced with a desperate need?

On the other hand, we DO want to 'give' God troubling people: choosing fun and easy relationships to those more duty-bound or difficult.

But the grabby, selfish hand clings tightly to its detailed plans and prized possessions, as if these things are their lifelines. (They aren't.)

If we want God's blessings to chase us down, we must give Him top billing in our lives- and a healthy cut of our increases. (Because they belong to Him anyway.) Once done, He gives back many times over.

Botton line: We shouldn't expect to eat God's best fare, if all we give Him are our leftovers.

## Our Leftovers

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Our Leftovers series.

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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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