You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.
How often do we give God our leftovers? Not merely “tithing” after taxes or what is left over at the end of the month, but much more common is our donation of the unwanted to the church. I have done this myself.
I remember somehow ending up with two coffee grinders. One of them was better quality than the other. The church was in need of a coffee grinder, so I gave the one I didn’t like as much. This may seem a trivial thing, after all, the one I gave was perfectly serviceable. It was even new. But, it reveals a heart condition. It shows that I was more concerned with my comfort than with God’s glory. What does a coffee grinder have to do with God’s glory? I kept for myself what was best and gave God what was left. That glorifies me rather than God.
How surprised would your pastor be if, instead of giving him that old wobbly desk chair you’ve had squirreled away in the back room, you went down to the office supply store and bought a top of the line, ergonomic chair and donated that to the church?
What if we started giving to God our best?