My Best Offering
Starting your day with God is the first step to having a good day!
This is my first blog in over a week, and it feels like too long! I had relatives in from out of town, and the night before they arrived my mother sweetly said to me, “I hope you won’t spend their entire visit writing in your blog. I hope you will spend quality time with them.”
I took her words to heart, and gave my family all of my attention while they were here. I hadn’t seen them in over a year, and I’m not sure when I will see them again. The time we spent together was so wonderful. We had great conversations, dinners, laughs, and learned new things about each other. During the time we spent together, we bonded and grew closer. I miss them already! After their visit, God gave me inspiration to write this new blog.
The day after my relatives left, my step-mother threw a celebration party for my father at a restaurant. The Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl game was the same day as the party. Where I live, people take football very seriously! My dad and I talked the next day, and he was so full of joy because dozens of people showed up to spend their time celebrating with Him on Iron Bowl Saturday. Their time meant more than anything to him.
Today is the first day of December, and many people love this time of year. It’s referred to as the season of giving. The church I attended Sunday is organizing an event this week encouraging people to give their best offering to God. I asked God to tell me what my best offering is. I could guess, or give more money than I’ve ever donated — but I don’t want to short-change Him. He spoke to my heart in a very matter-of-fact way. One of the most precious things we can give God is our time.
Every successful relationship or business requires an investment of time.
If you want a relationship to die, stop spending time in it. If you want your business to fail, don’t invest any time growing it. If you want a habit to die, quit spending time feeding it. The same principle applies to this blog! If I don’t invest time maintaining it — it will die.
When planning to give a gift to a loved one, one of the first questions we ask is “What would you like?” or “What do you want?”
Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways
Our Heavenly Father wants a real relationship with us.
To build an intimate relationship with God, we must invest time. There’s no other way to get to the next level. We have to spend time with Him.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Sow your time with God generously — and your relationship with Him will reap generously. He’s a spirit Person. Tell Him good morning when you wake up! Ask Him to join you for your morning cup of coffee and just sit with Him. The wonderful ideas, and solutions, and songs of praise that enter your mind come from simply being in His presence.
Spend time seeking Him, praying to Him, living acceptably to Him, studying His word, praising Him. The time we give to God is the time He uses to pull us into deep intimacy with Him.
I believe in sowing into God’s ministry, and I practice cheerful tithing. I’m happy to tithe and make offerings to my Father. I honor Him by giving to others. I understand that my money is important to helping spread God’s ministry — and it’s valuable…But, it’s the least valuable of what I have to offer Him.
My best offering to God is my heart. My second best offering is my time. My next best offering is my obedience.
I encourage you — and remind myself — to offer God our best offering today and everyday.
Deuteronomy 16:17 All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the LORD your God.