Thank you for the time I have right now to pray to you. God desires and deserves more than leftovers 2. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. This was similar to how Bedouin sheiks would thrust their spears in the ground and camp would be set up around the chief with his tent in the middle. We need to trust what others tell us about our gifts. I call them scatterbrained Martha and single-minded Mary. But it cost God the life of His beloved Son. Let’s dive into what our “best” is supposed to look like! She only had a handful of meal left in her barrel and a tiny bit of oil. Then there was the law of the firstfruits. However, as the love fails, we begin to take the loved one for granted and give them only the leftovers of our love. That God deserves whatever we can’t use for anybody, or anything else? Frustrated, Martha had the audacity to interrupt Jesus and complained that Mary wasn't helping her like a good sister should. TV shows feature people pursuing nearly everything under the sun. God desires and deserves our best, not our leftovers! 3) Your best involves giving God your most superior work. Proverbs 3:19 ~ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops. Traditional prayers can be real anchors for us in our prayer time. Enjoy inspiring witness stories, insightful advice for daily living, clear and accurate teaching about the Catholic faith, and news from around the world and across the Diocese of Lansing with FAITH, our award-winning publication. Subscribe for yourself, your family or a friend. "My soul pursues You" (NET). You have blessed me in so many ways. Are we giving God the best in our worship services? They had taken God for granted. And so, we should also give our best to God. It is much easier to keep an appointment when we have it written down. Friend, are you pursuing after God? document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); Man focuses on the size of a gift, but God cares about the heart behind it (1 Samuel 16:7). When we give God our first and our best, not our leftovers, it shows that we trust Him and value Him above all else. Here are ten things I wrote down from our discussion… 1. In you is all my hope, and this hope will never be in vain. Each one gathered as much as he needed. Help me to forget self and serve you with generosity. Thank you for the gift to be alive in this world and for the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. God fought their battles for them, no enemy could stand before them and no weapon formed against them could prosper. Offer yourself in service of your local parish or charitable organization based on the gifts you have identified. Only by the grace of God. May I not seek recognition or status in my community, but only to serve you well. Learn more about NICL Online. How can we give like this? Offering Leftovers God wants our best, deserves our best, and demands our best. Give God your Best each day and Be Blessed! To give Him leftover or misdirected time and energy isn’t giving Him the best He deserves. Diocese of Lansing | 228 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933  •  Faith Catholic | 1500 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48906Â, Privacy Policy   Site Map    Copyright ©  We work hard, come home and get involved with family events or our own pursuits, and if there is a little time before bed, we might say a prayer. If Jesus were coming over for dinner, here’s what you wouldn’t do. When we pray, we often give God leftover time. Let’s look at some characteristics of giving God leftovers that our text shares with us. We give God the best—real things and good things, the best we can give not hand-me-downs or leftovers. Not leftovers. That is one of the foundational spiritual gifts we need to be good stewards. 2. God desires and deserves our best, not our leftovers! It's like we give the best part of ourselves to others and give ourselves the left overs of our energy. 3. Doubting His love (v. 2). “For those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” (Luke 21:1-4) Again, we can give God leftover money. You cannot earn it or pay for it. And follow us on social media for exclusive news and stories from FAITH Magazine and the Diocese of Lansing. When I give my earthly treasure, an incorruptible treasure awaits me in your kingdom. So, good stewardship of time means giving … Denying our sinfulness (v. 6, 12-13). Prayer is the turning of our soul towards God. The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. If we pray these prayers well – with meaning, with intention, with recollection – the Holy Spirit will increase the love we have in our hearts for God and others, and we will grow in gratitude. Worship is giving God not just our best offerings and best gifts but most importantly the best years of our lives. But here’s the cool part about it all, giving God our best really, actually helps us in every other way. By giving God our “leftovers”, we are implying that we put ourselves on a higher rank than God. Do we rush in at the last minute, hurried and frazzled? January 10, 2020. A desperate, destitute widow gathered sticks to build a fire. God doesn’t necessarily want your whole Twinkle, or whole apple, or whole hot dog, but God does want your whole heart." Like we can barely hold together what we already are doing & then to feel like we have to give God even more than what’s left can seem like nothing more than a stress mess. He is worthy of it, and even demands it from us. I must admit that sometimes leftovers are the best. God deserves it for being God and for all the ways he has helped us. Chelsie Reply Posted by Chelsie on 8/8/2009 2:07:33 PM Hope, thanks for posting this, it was a joy to read and a great reminder for me! Learn more about NICL Online. It is right to give Jesus our very best. In other words, "Mary is putting Me first, and she will be rewarded for it.". To read more articles, visit his website at bengodwin.org and take advantage of his four-book bundle for $25. So too with our lives friends – a life spent giving God your best will only get better when Christ returns. Good stewards recognize the blessings of God in their lives. God gets the leftovers. The Our Father, the Apostles’ Creed, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, the Psalms, the rosary and other prayers can offer a sound structure and words to our prayer that reflect good and proper attitudes of the heart. So for these mothers, enjoying the leftovers was the best, for it had everything to do with them giving the best to those around them. Our best. National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL). After we can’t sell or give away our used merchandise then we truck it to the Salvation Army. Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! You can’t out give God. Let's make sure to give God our best ... not our leftovers! But I will contend that showing our reverence for God by offering him the best of our abilities, our time and our lives is the natural response in gratitude for what he’s done! Perhaps if we called on Him regularly, we'd have fewer emergencies. He only asked that they put Him first and hold Him up high for the world to see His glory. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14) We are not to hide our light under a bushel basket. How can we give like this? I know we all desire to give God our best. Charisma Leader — Serving and empowering church leaders, Click here to subscribe to our newsletter, 4 Ways Your Youth Pastor Can Bring Out the Best in Students, Why the Best Leaders Are Lifelong Learners. The location of Moses' tabernacle was also symbolic. Many people treat God like the paramedics—they only call when they have an emergency. Many people treat God like the paramedics—they only call Him when they have an emergency. It was placed in the center of the Israeli camp (the 12 tribes camped around the tabernacle, three tribes on each side). (It's like saving 15 percent on car insurance with Geico—everybody knows it!) Luke 10 tells the story of two sisters who served Jesus supper. Providentially, the prophet Elijah came by her house. We’ll give God our leftovers when our entire “prayer life” consists of talking to God one minute before nodding off to sleep. What peace I have in you! He gives us so much that we have every opportunity to give back what is good. It reads, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. Give God our best time. Years ago, I learned from Methodist missionary E. Stanley Jones that God deserves the first and best of our time. Notice the positioning of the ark of the covenant, the golden icon of God's presence and favor in ancient Israel. Help me, Father, to use wisely the time, talents and treasure you have given me. I would venture to guess that most folks don’t even carve out enough to have a “God” part. Meanwhile, Mary chose to sit at Jesus' feet and feast on His words. All glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was, is now, and will be forever! ]]>, How to give God the best – not the leftovers, Stewardship Prayer (pray each day this month), Sign up for our free e-newsletter or manage your e-subscriptions. When I give you time, you give me eternity. That is what I call leftover time. We need to give. But He should be our first resource not our last resort. Adore God for who he is, not for what he can give to us. I STILL need this reminder!!!! 20:3). In this case, leftovers are the best. Give God our best time. St. Paul tells us that Jesus teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) That is the heart of a good steward. All that I have and am is a gift that I offer you today. (Show heart from plate) God in asking the Jews in Malachi 1:8 says, "And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? Allow me to surrender to you as Jesus did. The good steward gives God the first fruits of the harvest. So, good stewardship of time means giving the best time of our day to God and others. It is hard to say, but some people treat God like the Salvation Army is to many people. As long as Israel put Jehovah first and kept Him front and center, they were invincible. DON’T GIVE GOD YOUR LEFTOVERS. know if we are giving God our best or our leftovers? When the Israelites gave God 10% right away, it helped them to recognize that everything they had was a … PRAYER: “Father, forgive me when I give more time to the world than Your Word” For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) That is the experience of good stewards. As Mother Teresa said, “Give until it hurts.”. We’ll give God our leftovers when we half-heartedly minister to others, instead of treating them as well as we’d treat Jesus. May I not be a thief who steals time, talent and treasure from you, dear God, or from my family, friends or people in need for a selfish purpose. We need to give God our best in everything we do.