Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 27, 2014

How can our offerings to God be “early”, “fresh” and “new”?

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 2:14-16.

“‘Also if you bring a grain offering of early ripened things to the Lord, you shall bring fresh heads of grain roasted in the fire, grits of new growth, for the grain offering of your early ripened things.  You shall then put oil on it and lay incense on it;  it is a grain offering.  The priest shall offer up in smoke its memorial portion, part of its grits and its oil with all its incense as an offering by fire to the Lord.”  Leviticus 2:14-16.

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“O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.”  Psalm 98:1.

How can our offerings to God be “early”, “fresh” and “new”?

Here are three personal examples that I have observed our LORD work in my life over time.  You know that I rarely use personal examples, preferring to use verses alone or as much as possible, but I think these examples will stimulate appreciation for such  “early”, “fresh” and “new” offerings.  In any event, these things are not being done by me from my legalistic sense of duty, but from being gently led by the Spirit Who draws me to want to do such things by his “Irresistable Grace”.  To God alone be the glory! 

First example is that for my daily devotions offerings, I find myself walking up in the middle of the night (very early) to read the Scripture and write down a few of my thoughts about it.  My mind is fresh, and I am able to write down new thoughts.

Second example is that I find myself immediately writing a tithing check out of most checks that I receive.  These are early and fresh fruits.  I stick the check(s) in the back of my wallet, so when Sunday comes, I don’t have to ponder what I will give or begrudging see what I can spare.  I give the check(s) that are in the back of my wallet and find that these money offerings are given more cheerfully.

Third example is that when people ask me to pray for them and I want to pray for them, I immediately pray for them.  I don’t forget or delay to pray for them.  If I receive a request my email, then I immediately reply with a written email which contains a prayer.  If I receive the request in person, I don’t care if I am in a gym or a public place, I draw close to them, bow my head, and quietly say a short prayer.  I think these prayer offerings are “early”, “fresh” and “new”.

You have your own examples, “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.


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