Whether you are putting together your new piece of furniture or figuring out the parts to your new appliance, paying attention to the small details matters. Sometimes, we spend more time trying to figure out where the screwdriver is when we don't realize that it's been in our hand the entire time. In reality, the time and attention we put towards building the perfect exterior, we forget about is supposed to go inside.
Exodus 25, God speaks to the Israelites about bringing an offering to build the tabernacle. God was specific with what he wanted them to bring. These items included but weren't limited to: gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats' hair, onyx stones, sweet incense and more. In fact, these were items of quality and above all, of value.
When God told the Israelites to give Him their best, God in return promised the same. How do I know? Because it's evident in Exodus 25 verses 8-9 which says, "They are to make a sanctuary so that I may dwell among them. You must make it according to all that I show you--the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings."
The idea and emphasis of giving God our best wasn't a message just for the Israelites. In reality, it is a message that can and should be applied to our lives too. Often, giving our best comes with sacrifice. While we dwell on the price or size of the gift, God looks at our heart. "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart." (1 Samuel 16: 7)
We should make it a habit to give God our best, first. Not our leftovers. Not our scraps. Not what is left that we no longer want to do anything with. Think about the last time you asked God for something, perhaps something really BIG. Now imagine if what you got in return wasn't the best but just what was left over? How would that make you feel?
When we give God our best and not just what's left over, it's saying to Him "God I trust you and God, I value you above all the others." And with that, that's the best choice you can make.
Reflect: Is there anything in your life that you would not be willing to give to God if He asked? If so, you just identified an idol in your life.