Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Score

"Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
nor its animals enough for burnt offerings."
Isaiah 40:16

Our worship is not enough.
In the great exchange, His blessing for ours, we can never even the score.
But, many of us try.

We think we've been to church three times this week; we've earned the right to have a little fun Friday night.  We reason that we've tithed for years; why should it matter how we spend our extra cash? We figure that we've been good most of our life; what's the real harm of a wild week in Vegas?

And the real danger isn't in the deed as much as it is the deal-maker mindset.  God didn't need dead sheep anymore than he needs a little extra cash in the collection plate.  But anyone bargaining with God has missed the point entirely.  God's grace is so great, his blessings so abundant that our offerings are never enough to settle the score.  We offer our sacrifices, the time, the talent, and the treasure at our disposal, because we love the Lord.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)

This is a promise just as surely as it's a fact.  And we should realize worship and sacrifice is not only an opportunity to see where our heart lies, but also an opportunity to tell our heart where we want it to go.  May God continually grow in us at Broadway hearts that worship with everything we've got, not to even the score, but to sincerely love the Lord.