One of the great things about living in Europe is being fairly close to Poland and their wonderful pottery! I have visited their pottery factories on two occasions. Their hand stamped blue patterns are my favorites. Most all of my purchases have been seconds, as they are so much cheaper. But this particular bowl is technically a “fifth!” It cannot go in the microwave, the dishwasher, or the oven. It has one small place where the glazing is not even and one very unnoticeable flaw in the pattern. Even though it is not of the best quality, at only five dollars it has been worth every penny!
Our verse for today teaches that we honor the Lord by giving Him the best. Seconds or substandard quality does not honor Him. He is worthy of the very best we can offer Him. In the Old Testament, sacrifices were offered of the best of the fruit, the vegetables, the grain and the animals.
James 1:8 teaches that we ourselves are a kind of firstfruit of all He has created! In Him we are the best of His creation! We are not only to honor Him with the best of what we possess but the best of our very lives. Leftovers are not worthy of Him. Giving the Lord a few moments of consideration at the end of a long day, or what we feel we can spare of our money does not honor Him. He is worthy of our absolute best service! No seconds for Him!
“Give of your best to the Master, Give Him first place in your heart, Give Him first place in your service, Consecrate every part.” Lord, help me to honor You with the best!