Leftovers for the Lord? (2 Samuel 24:24)

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Our love for Christ will make an impact on how we serve Him. If our fellowship with Him is right, we will set aside our prime time to commune with Him, and we’ll give Him the first fruits of our labors. Jesus will come first.

Yet how like us to give Him what’s left over of the gifts He has given us to enjoy. We’re like the little boy who came running to his father one day to show him a fistful of birthday money he had received. “Look what I’ve got, Daddy!” he exclaimed excitedly. “And you know what I’m going to do with it? I’m going to go buy one of those big toy trucks, and then give the change to God.

Jesus took note of the sacrifice of the poor widow’s gift. She, out of poverty, gave her whole livelihood. Her small gift was greater than the large sums of others given out of their abundance. The principle Jesus underscored is this: Love is lavish. It thinks not, how much can I withhold, but how much I can give. Love’s devotion willingly pays a price. In David’s words, it says, “… nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24).

What could you give to the Lord that would cost you something? A word of cheer in the depressing environment of an invalid’s room? A gift for missions that denies you some luxury? Our sacrifice pleases Him who sacrificed His all for us. He deserves more than affordable leftovers. – Dennis J. De Haan

You have bought us, and no longer
Can we claim to be our own;
Giving freely, naught withholding,
We shall serve You, Lord, alone. – Murray

The measure of our love is the measure of our sacrifice.
– April 2, 1988, Our Daily Bread