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Remembering the Firstfruits
September 25, 2014
| By: Levi Keplar |
Category: Mid-week Devotion
“I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (1 Chronicles 21:24)
A dear sister reminded me of this verse on Sunday and it has stuck with me all week. The context is David has sinned against the Lord and he was commanded to raise an alter to the LORD. In the process of doing this, David is offered by a man all the necessities for the alter for free. David can then still offer what God desires but without cost to him, but that is when David replies with this most excellent response:
“No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
The reason this verse has stuck with me is because for the millionth time, I have caught myself again giving God what I think is necessary, but not giving Him everything. How easy it is to slide into doing your daily deeds just to “keep God happy” or to get from Him something you want.
In battling against this, I have three practical reminders for you:
1) Accurately see His worth: Counting the cost is much easier when the one you are sacrificing for has an infinite value to you. He is more valuable than your time, your money, your possessions, your friendships, your family, and your life. He is of greater worth than anything you will ever be or do or have. Sadly, we need to be reminded of this daily.
2) Letting go by faith: Do you know that God will satisfy you more with Himself than any satisfaction you can hang on to in this life? Its 100% true, and I’ve never in my life heard a person who’s given up their life to Jesus say otherwise. The sad thing, though, is that too many of us never get to experience the joy he offers because we’ve settled for the “crumbs” of the world. We’ve been convinced that Christ will not satisfy and we have to cling to other things to be satisfied. And honestly, I see no way to convince my flesh otherwise. Rather, I urge all of us by faith to let go simply because He Himself says He is better. That’s it. No argument in my mind or careful consideration, just simple faith that lets go of everything, turns to Him, and gives Him a chance to be everything you need.
3) Lastly, don’t forget your firstfruits: If there is one thing that has revived my walk in this season it is this basic principle. It goes along with my original verse. Many of us truly want God, but we have a million things that get us distracted. So I remind you, don’t give God what is last after everything else is done and taken care of. Don’t offer to Him something that means nothing to you and doesn’t cost you anything. Think through what the very best and most costly pieces of your life are, what the most important parts of your day are, and offer to Jesus what he is worthy of. Maybe its a hobby you've put before God or an amount of money you've hung on to in your account. For me one practical thing was my mornings. No more checking the weather, the news, Facebook, sports scores and the million other things I like to do each morning before ever praying and talking to Jesus. I want Jesus to have the first of my day. I want Him to know He is first in my life and I want the very first thing I do each day to be making an offering to Him. What have you been asked to offer to Jesus?
By grace, seeking to keep Him first with you all,