Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Serving Leftovers to a Holy God

Wednesday Night Message- March 3, 2010

After looking at the profile of a lukewarm, we then took a look at what we are actually giving to God. Think about that yourself for a moment. What are you giving to God? After we took part in the 30 Hour Famine we took communion and then had a meal of some of the most delicious chicken fingers and potato wedges you’ve ever eaten! After fasting 30 hours even the bread we used for communion was incredible delicious. After a few days, the leftovers from that meal became not as good, maybe even nasty. I had some of the leftovers to show that Wednesday night. Even the loaf of bread that we used for communion was hard enough to break a window. The leftovers were nasty, and could even have made you sick. But don’t we do this when we serve God many times. We go throughout our days and sometimes are so busy that we don’t give our best to God. Essentially we serve Him our leftovers.

In Hosea 13:6 we read that the people got their fill, became comfortable and turned away from God. If we aren’t careful then we do the same thing, I know I can. The priests in Malachi 1:8 thought that even though weren’t giving the best animals for sacrifice, they were still giving a sacrifice to God and so they thought it was good enough. However to God this is evil. He would rather you not worship Him at all than you worship Him half-hearted, giving Him your leftovers. Sometimes we make excuses to cover it up saying things like “well, that’s just how we live today”. It’s still evil in God’s eyes.

Its like all the new foods that claim to be healthy like when potato chips have the label “Now with Zero Grams of Transfat”. If you read the ingredients, even with zero grams of tranfat they will still contain stuff like “Yellow # 6” or “With not more than 2% Silica Gel added as an anti-caking agent”. That last part is actually on the chips we have in our youth house. It doesn’t matter that its now healthier for you, if you still consume it, it’s not that great for you. Too many times we can be the same way as this. We claim to be healthy Christians with our labels but there are not many healthy spiritual aspects in our life. The truth is it’s not what we advertise that counts, it’s what we are really made of.

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Now go back and read it again replacing the word “love” each time with your own name. By the end you might feel like a liar. If we are serving leftovers to God, then we are going to lack in the area of love for Him and for other people.

Following God can’t be done half-hearted by serving Him our leftovers. It’s not a label we can display when it’s useful. It must be central to everything we do and are. Remember, if you’re serving God your leftovers, it makes Him sick and He would rather you not worship Him at all than to serve Him apathetic worship.

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