What have I given God in 2010 from my labors? From my time? From my finances? From my home? How many times have I been in church in 2010? How much money have I given? How many times have I used my spiritual gift in the church, the Body of Christ to edify, heal or show mercy? How many days have I started my day with study, prayer and devotionals for myself and my family as we gather together in our home to worship Our God on a daily basis?
As I make my January, 2010 list, I map out my schedule of time spent in these areas and time spent in doing what I love as well, going to sports games? Fishing? Movies? Restaurants? And, of course shopping for new items I just can’t live without. Oh, and did I add hunting and learning to use my new gadgets. This on top of driving my beloved children to school. As well as other daily duties. Gee, my map is running off the page before I get to God, What about yours?
I would like to share a study from one of my Bible Teachers:
At my weekly community bible study, our teacher, Mrs. M, was speaking on “giving God the left overs.” Many times we get so busy in our daily lives that we give God our “Left Overs.” Many of us have had our fill of left overs after the holidays. When the food was first cooked, it looked delicious. We couldn’t wait to eat all the beautiful food. Then we make room in our refrigerator for the “left overs”. As the left overs sit in our refrigerator, the food will begin to spoil. We have a short time to eat it before it spoils. We don’t look at the food the same way we did when it was FIRST cooked. When we wake up in the mornings and rush to get the kids off to school or rush off to work without going to God and giving Him our first best fruits of the day, we are giving God our Left Overs. When we fill our days with priorities other than God, we are giving God our Left Overs. We should start the day with God and end it with God. We should give God our first, our best each day. God will not tolerate second best or left overs.
Genesis 4:2-5, 2 “When they grew up. Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. When it was time for the harvest Cain presented some of his crops to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift- the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry and he looked dejected. God wants our first-fruit. Exodus 23:16 “Second, celebrate the Festival of Harvest, when you bring me the first crops of your harvest.” Exodus 23:19 “As you harvest your crops bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord Your God.”
Lord please forgive me for bringing to you and my church and my Christian family the “Left Overs.” Now, I must write and study my account of what I have done with my first- fruits? I must admit to all of you even in writing this I was so tired I fell asleep. But, I thought I must get it done because after my busy work week I must get to my busy family week. Hum! When and How does this all END!
Note of interest: I, Sara, helped CF compile her list for map. I apology for not taking more time to really help her list all her activities. Things like care of pets. Big doggie, little doggie, and kitty. Yard maintenance and repair and remodeling of house. Cooking, cleaning, laundry and helping two children with home work and other school and sports activities. My mind can’t handle all this at one time. Sorry, CF