The Best

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God has given us His best.  The question is:  have we given Him our best?
Giving God our best does not mean that God is calling any of us to work ourselves to a burned out and frazzled state in the name of loving and serving God.  

Giving our “best” first begins with surrendering our hearts, our lives, and every decision to Him, and then surrendering to walk by His grace and the strength of His Spirit every single day.  As we do this, He will lead and direct us personally as a shepherd leads his sheep. He is, after all, our Shepherd!  Our motive for offering our best should be birthed from our desire to love our Heavenly Father, and a desire for others to experience His love and grace too. 
God’s love and His power are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
  • He knows & sees all – we do not.
  • He is all powerful – we are not.
  • He is present everywhere – we are not.
  • His resources are unlimited – ours are not.

His grace and power is more than sufficient to supply and provide where our human weaknesses and strength are insufficient. God is the only One who can meet every need (Philippians 4:19).  Our job is to seek to know and discern which needs He is specifically calling us to participate with Him in supplying as the hands and feet of Jesus.  Hence, His best for us.

These thoughts being prompted through a great book I am reading by Lysa Terkeurst entitled The Best Yes.  Highly recommend this book, especially for those of us who, for whatever reason, have difficulty saying “no” or need to clarify what is our “best yes” in every request, circumstance, and season of life.

Giving our best to God: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

God has given His best to us:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Stop, slow down, and ask God about every decision you make – big or small.  This will lead to what is best for you and the others you desire to serve and bless.  He will not lead, guide or speak to you if you don’t.  (Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 10:27)
Be honest with God and ask Him:
  • Am I giving you my best, Lord?  Or am I only giving you the rest of what’s leftover after giving my best to everything and everyone else?
  • Am I guilty of wanting your best blessings, but am unwilling to take time to thank You, talk to You, or listen to what You desire to say to me through Your Word?
Prayer:
Dear Lord, forgive me for not giving You my best, my undivided heart.  Thank You Lord for giving me all Your best – all Your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, and peace through the saving grace of Your Son, Jesus.  Open my eyes and ears to see and hear what Your best plan is for me.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
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