We serve a God of high expectations. God is particular about how his people will live and behave, how we treat our neighbors, and how we honor our Creator.
We need only read a small portion of the Old Testament law to see that God takes these things seriously.
1 The LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said,
2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the LORD, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.
3 “ ‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD.
4 You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you.
5 You are to slaughter the young bull before the LORD, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
6 You are to skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces.
7 The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.
8 Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar.
9 You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.
Why does God give such particular instructions for worship? Because worship matters that much!! Worship is the heart of the creation’s gratitude and praise for our Creator, and God deserves every bit of it and more.
God deserves our absolute best. Notice that the animal must be without defect. We are not to offer God our leftovers, but the first and best of our resources. The kind of offering we make to God speaks volumes about our regard for what God means to us.
What does your offering say about your faith, and about the importance of God in your life?
Holy God, I confess that sometimes I fail to take worship seriously. Please forgive me. Help me to take myself and my life less seriously, and to hold you in higher regard. Give me faith to bring my best offering to you, for you deserve it, and much, much more. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.