Giving God the Best
Verse - 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
As people on earth, Christians, sons and daughters of God, our job - our goal - is to worship and glorify Him. We should be giving God our very best and everything we have...but He only wants one thing. Our hearts.
In 1 Samuel, Samuel is searching for the next king that God chose to rule over His people. Samuel immediately decides the future king must be the biggest and the strongest man simply because he looks like a king - he looks the best.
However, (if you know how this story goes) the strongest one isn't chosen...it's the smallest: David. And remember what David is known for and was his favorite hobby? Praising God with everything he had. He even praised God while watching his sheep in the valley.
But “bigger is always better,” right? Wrong. Jesus didn't die for the best. He didn't come to save the people who could give Him everything, He came for the sinners and those who could give Him nothing except their hearts and acceptance. Jesus came for us, and even when we have nothing to offer Him, it doesn't matter. He loves us all the same.
That's not to say that giving God the best is bad - but how can our simple things compare to the gift God has given us? Jesus purchased us with His blood on the cross and we're all He wants. God sent His son - the most precious thing to Him - and cast Jesus into a world of liars, thieves, murderers, and every sinner imaginable. And Jesus was supposed to save them - the people who despised Him, mocked Him, and killed Him in the worst possible way. He did that for us. There's nothing we can do to repay Him. All we can do is praise Him and follow his plan for our lives.
While our worship experience at church is amazing and God has blessed our time so much, He just wants us to stand and praise Him. Psalm 113:1 says“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; praise the name of the LORD.” God doesn't require our fancy equipment, although it is pretty cool and makes our worship time seem better, worship is the same in God’s eyes. It doesn't matter who we're with, how we're praising Him, or what's going on around us. Sometimes with all our focus on worship, we take our focus off God. In our lives we have to remember that “the best” cannot compare to the greatness that is our Father. Our focus during worship should be completely on our Lord.
As stated in Deuteronomy 12:4, “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.” Worship is worship, no matter how you do it as long as your heart and mind are in the right place. But God doesn't need our things. He wants us, plain and simple. He wants our focus on Him 100%.
Is your focus on Him?
- Meagan McCafferty, Lead Youth Writer