I’m sure you’ve heard somebody say, “Don’t give God the leftovers!” What that means is don’t give God what’s left over of your time, money, etc. It’s saying give Him the best, the “first fruits.”
And I totally agree with that. God definitely should get the best of everything we have; we should give to Him first and then take care of paying the bills, putting food on the table, and so on.
But I don’t see anything wrong with giving God the leftovers as well.
When you have company over for a meal, you usually cook up some nice meal, right? It shows that you’re glad to have them and are willing to cook/work/make some sacrifices for them. They appreciate your work (and the good food) and know that you care about them.
But when you’re okay with serving leftovers to somebody, it means you’re comfortable with them; they’re basically part of the family. You know they won’t be insulted or hurt; they know you still care about and love them.
And it’s not necessarily about the food; it’s about the fellowship, the love, the willingness to share.
So, yes, give God the best stuff first. Make some sacrifices, go all out, show Him He’s important in your life. But give Him the leftovers too. Be comfortable enough with God that you’re okay with giving Him the scraps and pieces; know that He won’t be insulted or hurt.
Because it’s not necessarily about the “food”; it’s about fellowship, spending time together, the willingness to give Him what you have (which really belongs to Him anyway), and the love that’s shared.
Don’t give God just the leftovers.
P.S. I’m gonna bet that title really got your attention.😉