Focus: Genesis 4:4 - KJV
4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
There is something peculiar about giving an offering unto the Lord, that many are yet to appreciate. The Lord is not hungry, neither is He in lack that warrants His looking unto man, who by himself is never sufficient in himself, to give to Him. Indeed, all things – the man and whatever he thinks he wants to give – belong to the Lord absolutely. However, those who understand the person of God will appreciate that because He is love personified, He loves to see love being reciprocated in His direction, in the form of honoring His person. What can anyone give to the owner of the universe? Can He not take for Himself whatever He has need of? Our honoring God by giving to Him our substance is a great fete in His sight. Greater still is when the offering is made despite the negative circumstances the giver is experiencing at the time of offering.
To embellish this, let us look at the examples of Abel, Noah and Abraham. Despite the fact that the land which Abel walked on and worked upon brought forth only thorns and thistles unto his flock and himself wherewith feeding was not an easy task, he gave ready protein in offering unto God, the firstlings of his flock. He did not take the best unto himself. Abraham had a child in very old age and he was not going to hold him back from being a sacrifice unto God, despite the apparent impossibility to bear another at the time. And Noah, having stayed in limbo for about forty days without food; being virtually alone in the whole world, he thought it not a crime to first offer to the Lord the best protein he had in his possession. To each of these offerings, God had a superb response, for God saw honor in them and duly acknowledged and approved them.
What is that thing that we consider too much to give unto God? If by some accident of fate, we do not see the next morning, of what use does the same become to us or would we be to it? Friends, nothing ought to appear too big to give to our God for as long as we have it. Also, whatever we offer to God that does not ordinarily cost us or cause us some pain within, fails to honor God and therefore insignificant in His sight. How can we treat God like a beggar in the things He gave us in the first place? It is only those who are thoughtful that are thankful to God, no matter what they are facing. Whenever there is an opportunity to give for the purpose of God, let us give something that honors Him and not treat Him shabbily. If it cannot be offered to your local governor, please don’t offer it.
SOLUTION: Give honor to God by according to Him such offering that He deserves. As He is greater than any president, dead or alive, whatever a president will not consider honorable should not be given unto God. Never assume because your offering is not one off, therefore some may be menial. Take God as God and have Him surprise you.
Please pray: Lord, in whatever way I have been dishonoring you with my offerings, please forgive me today in Jesus’ name. You that give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, please endow me with surplus that you may always find honor in my giving, to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name.
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