I’ve been reading Leviticus the week in my daily bible reading. I have to admit to being fascinated by the demands that God levied on the people. He was strict and exacting in his instructions. Even striking two of Aaron’s sons dead for daring to burn incense against His instructions. I’ve been reflecting on some His instructions to the Israelites:
‘But if his offering is from the flock, of the sheep or of the goats, for a burnt offering, he shall offer it a male without defect. Leviticus 1:10
So, one of His rules was that it had to be without defect. They couldn’t bring the Lord an animal with any kind of defect. No lame or sick animals would be allowed. It had to have VALUE. This would be an animal that would, if sold, bring quite a lot of money to the owner of the animal. This animal would be the best of the lot. An animal in its prime, without defect. The BEST of all the animals the person owned.
From the sacrifice of peace offerings he shall bring as an offering by fire to the Lord, its fat, [a]the entire fat tail which he shall remove close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, Leviticus 3:9
This was one of the verses that inspired me. I remembered something that I saw on television. A man went to visit a village in Africa. While he was there, they killed the fatted animal for this visitor.They gave him the best pieces of the animal. The piece that they gave him was ALMOST ALL FAT. The visitor even remarked how he almost couldn’t eat it. See, our culture has changed! These days most people remove the fat of meat before they eat it, but IT WASN’T ALWAYS THIS WAY.
During biblical days, the FAT had more value than the lean parts of the animal. Now, we know that the number of calories in a gram of fat is 9, but in a gram of protein is only 4. What this meant in biblical days is that FAT KEPT YOU ALIVE LONGER! FAT HAS MORE VALUE!
So, God demanded the absolute BEST from His people. Not only the BEST animal, but the BEST part of the BEST animal!
So I asked myself if I am giving God my best. The best part of me. The best time of my day. The best of my money. The answer was a resounding NO.
Most of my day is given to my children. Some is given to my husband. God gets about 20 minutes right before bed. Unless I’m too tired. Then He gets nothing.
Has God’s standards changed since the days of the Israelite?
Has His People’s standards changed?
Instead of my time, God gets lots of my excuses:
“I need coffee before facing anyone. Including God.”
“The kids are always demanding early in the morning.”
In my experiences, I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s not good to be available 24/7 to my kids. Not good for them. And not good for me. Last year, when I began doing yoga to help with my fibromyalgia, I was interrupted almost constantly. I almost gave up. Then, in determination, I began to be “unavailable” to my kids. Every time they attempted to interrupt me I’d say, “I’m not available right now.” And you know what happened? Nothing.
That’s right. Nothing. No one died. There’s was no blood. And (almost) no big mess. I was unavailable to my kids for up to 30 minutes and nothing bad happened.
There’s no reason I can’t be unavailable to my kids while I’m reading my bible and spending time with the Lord. The same goes for you.
No one will die while you’re unavailable for your kids for a few minutes. In fact, they might learn something about not being in the center of their universe, which in my opinion, is a good thing.
My new goal is to give the Lord my absolute BEST. No excuses. Won’t you join me?
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