INSPIRING DAILY DEVOTIONAL ® … God makes demands of us
Text(s) for today: Lev. 22:17-25
“When ye come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest (that is, the very first yield of the land, which obviously is the best yield) unto the priest.” Lev. 23:10 KJV
In many instances throughout scripture (including the instance in our text(s) for today), we see God specify the kind of gift or offering He wants. This means not every gift is acceptable before God. In fact, for those gifts that are unacceptable to Him, He rejects them (Mal. 1:13).
That explains why many folks give or work for the Lord and are not blessed at all. They anticipate returns, yet no return comes at all. Why? Because they give what they feel like giving but not what God wants them to give (i.e. they do not give exactly what God demands of them). Praise God!
Beloved, God makes demands of us. In today’s key verse, He asked for the first and the best yield of the land; with Abraham, He asked for no other person than Isaac – Abraham’s one and only favourite son (Gen. 22:2). Note that Ishmael wouldn’t be a good enough sacrifice for Him. When he told Moses and the Israelites to construct him a tent, He spelt out its specifications (dimensions, type/quality of materials etc). It was up to the Israelites to do every thing possible to make sure those specifications are entirely met.
Beloved, God has no stopped making demands. He still makes demands today.
If you’re an executive of a fellowship, church or denomination, there’s a demand on you: a demand to perform all your God-given roles/duties. As a worker of God, you no longer determine the amount of time to give God. What dictates the amount of time you give God daily is the volume/size of your responsibilities.
For example, if you’re supposed to send messages to souls, the amount of time you spend sending them is wholly determined by the size of your God-given flock and not the amount of time you wish to spend or allot to it. If it takes 3 hours in doing that, that’s God’s demand on you. You must not rush through and do an inferior job in a (desperate) attempt to save some time for yourself.
Let’s give God the first and best part of each day, our money, our energy and what have you. A bumper harvest (of health, finance, prosperity, peace and more) is a natural thing flows into our lives and the lives of those that love us when we do that. Praise God!
Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)
LORD I thank you so much for making it able for us to give to you . I receive strength to enable me satisfy fully your demands on my energy, money, time and other resources. Thank you LORD for answered prayer in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
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