At the church where I serve as lead pastor we are in our annual stewardship emphasis time. For the fourth year in a row we’re watching the video series The Blessed Life by pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Southlake Texas. It’s an awesome series and now in our fourth year as become part of our church.
This past week I heard Robert say something that had not previously jumped out at me when talking about putting God first. He said and this is most likely not an exact quote, “God is perfect and cannot accept second best.” That statement hit me like a ton of bricks.
In this post I’m not going to debate the correctness of the statement. The point I want to make is wrapped in a question. Why wouldn’t we want to give God our best? He gave us His best.
The subject in the videos is tithing. I believe in tithing and that any Christian who has been taught tithing and still refuses to do so is rebelling against the Word of God. I know it’s a strong statement but I believe it. The Bible says that if we don’t tithe that we’re robbing God. As Morris points out tithing pre-dates the law and is also found in New Testament scripture. As far as I’m concerned there is no room for any debate so I’m not interested in debating it with you. When you put God first you do so with your finances too.
The statement, “God can’t accept second best” also hit me in other areas. I had to ask myself a lot of questions and continue to do so. Why? Because I want God to have my best in every area of life. I’ve begun to ask questions such as.
- Do I give God my best in my daily behavior?
- Do I give God my best in how I keep my home?
- Do I give God my best in how I participate in a worship time at church?
- Do I give God my best in my church attendance?
- Do I give God my best when I prepare to teach a class or preach a sermon?
- Do I give God my best in how I relate to my wife?
- Do I give God my best in how I raise my children?
- Do I give God my best in how I treat other people?
- Do I give God my best in how I dress?
- Do I give God my best in the tidiness of my vehicle?
- Do I give God my best…………..
Do you get the point. I just typed the question in no particular order as they came to me and could have kept going. Do I as a mature believer, follower of Christ seek every day to give Him my best? I should.
I will fail at times but God is a God of grace. I should accept His grace, not beat myself up and continue to do all in my power to give Him my best.
This is not a message of works. It has nothing to do with salvation. You can’t be good enough to be saved. This is a message of a Christian realizing that God deserves our best because He gave us salvation.
Are you giving God your best? If not will you? Let’s all try together.