We Must Give Our Best To The Lord
God expects our best to be offered to Him and not our leftovers. God demands our best be given to Him today. We are to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” to the Lord (Romans 12:1). We are to “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), and “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2), if we expect to go to heaven. If our treasure is in heaven, “there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).
One man said to Jesus, “Lord I will follow you, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house. But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:61-62). Are we fit for the kingdom of God? There are those who want to do the bare minimum just to get by. Some of the bare minimum group are the one hour Sunday morning “Christians”. That is the extent of their Christianity. Some members of the church are like visitors who come every now and then. Christians today are basically saying, “when I have a convenient time I will worship you”. They are putting other things, which they consider more important before the Lord.
In living the Christian life, so we can be pleasing to God, Jesus says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Let’s make our “calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10), by giving our best to the Lord, by putting Him first in all that we do. Let’s “show the same diligence to the full assurance of the hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12). Let’s make sure we inherit the promise of eternal life. Pastor JR