•1 Timothy 4:6–16
Questions to Consider
•What are the characteristics of an offering (not just money) acceptable to God?
•Why should we strive to give God our best?
•What are some ways to strive to give God our best?
•How does Jesus help us to give God our best?
Plan of Action
•Think about all the ways you serve God. Maybe you play an instrument at your church. Maybe you serve as part of an administrative team. Maybe you volunteer in your local community. What is one way you could improve and grow in your area of service? It might mean reading a book. It could be attending a conference or seminar. It might be taking lesson. If you seek to grow just a little bit each day, it is amazing how much you will grow over time.
•Ask someone to critique your work or service for God. Ask them how you might improve what you are doing. Then listen to them.
In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. Genesis 4:3–5 (ESV)
Two brothers brought an offering to the Lord. Abel’s offering was accepted. Cain’s offering was rejected. Able brought the best of his flock. Cain brought something less.
Jesus not only gave it his best, he gave everything. It is our desire to honor him. We don’t offer our best to him because our best is required. We offer our best out of love and joy for what he did in our behalf.
Today we are giving up mediocrity. We are giving up on giving God less than our best. We will strive for excellence. It doesn’t mean we will always attain it, but excellence is what we will aspire towards