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The best- part 2

 

A few weeks ago, we looked at how God gives His best to man. The best of all was the gift of His only Son,  Jesus. We ended that writing with saying the following: "So seeing what God gives to us, what should we be giving to Him?  I’ll talk about this in a few weeks, I encourage you to see what you can come up with before then.” I hope you’ve taken some time to consider this question. Here are the thoughts I’d like to share about what the best is that we can give to God.

Let me start off by saying, it is not moneyI know many are skeptical at this point. We started by saying we are talking about giving to God. Giving, that means money, right? Giving back a portion of what God has blessed us with? What about God liking a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)? The Bible does talk a bit, in both the Old and New Testaments, about man and money and how that relates to God. Yet, in no place does it say that money is the best thing for man to give to God.

So if not money, we must be talking about sacrifice then. The Old Testement has a lot to say about sacrifice! It was to be without blemish, a free will offering, (Leviticus 1:3) of the first fruits or first born (Exodus 22:29), and woe to any who would offer otherwise (as seen in a study of the first chapter of Malachi). In the New Testament we see that Christ fulfilled the role of the sacrificial lamb once for all (Hebrews 9 and 1 Peter 1), so animal sacrifice was no longer needed or acceptable. We see that now our bodies are to be presented as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Yet with all this, the Bible does not say that sacrifice is the best that man can give to God.

So how can one say that neither money nor sacrifice are what is best for man to give to God? With the following two passages! In Matthew, Mark and Luke we have record of the man who is commonly called the “rich, young ruler”. This man asked Jesus how he could obtain eternal life. Jesus replied with commandments from God and when the man responded that he had followed these from his youth, Jesus (after looking on him with love) told him to sell all he had and give the money to the poor and come and follow Him. Not sell all he had and give it to God, but to the poor. As far as sacrifice, Hosea 6:6 says (which Jesus references twice in Matthew), “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." Clearly God has preference for mercy and knowledge of Him over sacrifice, making sacrifice not the best.

So we are still left with determining what is best. In Luke 20:25 we read Jesus speaking, And He said unto them, render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's." So what belongs to God that we are to give to Him? Well, in 1 Corinthians 6:20 we read, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Also, in Corinthians 6:16 we read that we are to be God’s people. We need to give ourselves to God; I need to give myself to God.  How do we know we are giving ourselves to God? When we can say without hesitation what Jesus said, “Thy will be done” (Mathew 26:42). As we read in Ecclesiastes 12:13, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Side note: Looking at this passage closer, you will find that duty is not there originally so it reads,"this is the whole of man.")

There are other sections on our web site that show you how to become a child of God. I encourage you to read them!

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