And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the LORD Almighty. “When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the LORD.
Malachi 1: 13
Those are STRONG words! And they have stung me many times over the years. But within this verse lies a very relevant message for us today, even though it was written in the Old Testament and was written regarding the giving of burnt offerings. It was time the people got a “talkin’ to”!
Walking with and loving God should never feel strict or restrictive, demanding, constraining, or wearisome. If it does, my experience tells me that I’m not as close as I’d like to think or as close as I’d like others to think! When you really love God, you are willing to do ANYTHING! Even if it means giving more of your time to help a family in need, or giving more money than you may even have, to see God work around the entire globe. Or maybe it just means showing an attitude of love toward everyone you meet.
If any of these examples inwardly or outwardly cause you to roll your eyes, or grunt and grumble, then it may be time to ask yourself if you really do love Him. Because, as we all know, love will always cost us something…and should more often than not, cost us EVERYTHING!
Now, I don’t say all this to condemn you if you’re getting weary. A period of exhaustion always catches up with us, especially when we feel like we are the only ones giving. But the Bible gives us a word for growing tired on this journey of faith and love:
So, don’t give up if you’re worn out today, and don’t start giving Him less than he deserves. And if you feel like you honestly have nothing left to give Him, you’re probably in the just the right place!