Today's Devotional Thought
October 11, 2013 by Wendy Foreman
Giving God Our Best
Do what is right. It is that simple really.
These words were spoken to Cain by God after his offering was rejected. God wanted Cain's very best and he didn't bring it. All Cain needed to do was go back and choose the very best crops and bring them back and offer them to God again.
Many of us know what happens next.
Cain gets angry and kills Abel because Abel did bring his very best and offered it to God and that brought about jealousy on Cain's part.
The question that is bouncing around in my head is this: Do we bring our very best to God?
That's a big question to answer because we can look at it from so many different angles. Do we bring our best tithe to God (Malachi 3:8-10)? Do we use our gifts and talents for Him (1 Peter 4:10-11)? These two topics are topics that are addressed in scripture on more than one occasion. God desires for us to bring our best whether it is our money or our gifts and talents.
There are a lot of things that we could spend our money on. Maybe that car we've wanted, that new boat, or furniture. As ladies, we love clothes, shoes, purses and accessories.
My question is: Is that the right thing to do?
Are we giving our very best to God when we make the choice to take our tithe and use it for our own pleasure? God gives it all to us. The very least that we can do is give back to him our tithe (10 %).
Ask yourself are you really giving God your best?
The other topic is our gifts and talents. All of us have them and how do we choose to use them?
There are many of us who do well in the business world because God has gifted us in various areas. There are many of us who are fantastic teachers and we love it and are employed by various schools and universities. There is nothing wrong with any of those career choices, let me say that first and foremost.
But let me ask you this: Are you also taking those talents and gifts and using them in the church or in your community to help others in the name of Jesus?
God gifted you with those talents friends. How are you giving back?
The second part of today's verse tells us that if we don't do what is right, then sin will be crouching at our door. For some of us, maybe God has come right out and told us (like He did Cain) what we need to do to make the right decision, but we find ourselves on the fence leaning toward not doing what is right for whatever reason.
Friends, God is clear that when we turn our back on what is right, we will be faced with consequences. That sin will be staring us in the face and at that moment, we will be faced with the decision to do what is right or start down a path of doing what is wrong. When we make the choice to do what is right we have become the master over sin. If we chose poorly and do what is wrong then I dare say that we will be faced with the consequences of our bad choice and sin then becomes our master.
In closing today, I want to challenge you to do what is right. We are faced with choices and decisions each and every day. If we love God and our desire is to honor Him and follow Him in obedience then the choices that we make should reflect that.