PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
No Empty GiftsTim Savage
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know memore than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6
This verse has a lot of meaning for me. Working in full-time ministry, I’m always involved with some project for the church and my life can be consumed by finishing tasks, this verse reminds me that God isn’t interested in what I can do for Him, He wants my heart and soul. It’s the attitude behind the work. Believers can sacrifice so much – time, money and physical labor – and sometimes we get so caught up in the process, we forget the reason behind the sacrifice. We can be so focused on getting the work done; we violate the principles that guide us. Serving God should be an extension of our love for Him. We should and must give our time and money to His ministry – He commands it and expects it and we are obligated to give it to Him because of what He has done for us, but He doesn’t need or want our gift, if not given with the right heart. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day made a big show of giving their tithe and making public sacrifices, but their hearts were empty. They were more concerned about how they looked, than they were about living a life that pleased God.
I need to remember the reason behind my service to Him. I have to give God the only gift of any real value – my heart. My sacrifice is only as valuable as my heart is engaged.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the priceless gift of Your one and only Son, thank You for Your sacrifice. I give You my heart, may my life be pleasing to You. In Jesus name, Amen