(David Deffenbaugh, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister Paragould, Arkansas.
This short devotional is from his daily Bible reading website, i read the word)
In an old Andy Griffith Show episode, little Opie is trying to pick out a birthday present for Aunt Bea. He can’t decide between the baseball cap or the salt and pepper shaker.
We’ve all done it haven’t we? Given something to someone based on the fact that we like it or would want it for ourselves? In that kind of giving, emphasis is placed on the giver, not the recipient. It turns the whole “giving” concept on its ear.
We see the inappropriateness of it among ourselves, why can’t we see it with God?
Micah poses the question of what we should give to God. Should it be burnt offerings, thousands of rams and rivers of oil, even my own child as a sacrifice for my sin? (Micah 6:6-7). Some or all of these may sound like appropriate, sacrificial or meaningful offerings to God. Maybe there are even others. But the answer is, “No.”
It doesn’t matter how “good” I think the gift is. Rather, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
It should be obvious, but apparently it isn’t; the question is not what do I want or what would I like to give, or what do I think God should receive from me. Instead, it is what has God says that He does want.
It’s all that matters.
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