Malachi 1:7 – Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.
Malachi 1:8 – And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 1:13 – Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Hello readers, another blog today. Giving God my dregs. Today I am going to talk about why it’s so important to give the best of your life to God. Back in the book of Malachi we see a nation that was bringing God their dregs. They brought the dregs of their flock to offer to God. So often in life, we want God to work with our dregs. Doesn’t God deserve our best? Why don’t we let God use our lives when our lives aren’t burnt out by sin? So many people bring the dregs of a misspent life to God to work with. Here God, here’s my life of unbelief, rebellion, sin, wickedness, work with this.
There is a balance to truth, because we are all sinners, are all of us do have at best, dregs to offer God. God can work with dregs, and there are people who have gotten saved out of all sorts of sin. That thief on the cross brought nothing to the table, but Jesus Christ showed mercy on him. Christians today, or Christians so called, have made a practice of abusing the grace of God. They’ve turned his grace into lasciviousness. There’s a big difference between a life spent ignorantly in unbelief and deliberately doing wrong when you knew better. God is not mocked, and he won’t be mocked by your life. If the nation of Israel was trying to manipulate the religious system, you aren’t doing anything new either.
Don’t bring your dregs to God. If that’s all you’ve got, fair enough, but if you’ve got a lot better to offer but all you give him is the dregs of your time… God doesn’t want it. Keep it. So often we give God the dregs of our youth, our ability, our time, our lives. He’s an afterthought, and he gets the afterthought parts of our life. See, we will do what we want in our lives, and give God what is left over like that will make us ok with God. These people had a lot better sheep in their flock, but guess what they were bringing to the temple? Blind sheep, lame sheep, sick sheep.
Let’s look at our lives. We have youth. We have opportunity. We have energy. We have ability. We have time. And what do we do with it all? Often we spend all that on Baal, and give the dregs to God. These children of Israel couldn’t give these sheep away, nobody else would take them and they wouldn’t expect anybody else to take them, so they take them up to the temple to tick a religious obligation to God and try and earn a few brownie points with the dregs of their herd. That’s not good enough. And we really are not different.
What are you doing with your life. We are pretty quick to prioritize our lust and pride. We are pretty quick to prioritize our selfish ambitions, dreams and desires. But God comes in dead last. If he is the Most High, why isn’t he the most high in our lives? We want God to accept the junk and garbage that we throw his way. If you have time, do you spend it in prayer, reading your Bible, witnessing to others? Or is that a weariness to you? It was to them. It was to Israel. Serving God was contemptible to them. And you might not say God and his word is contemptible to you, but your life shows you his table is contemptible. You wouldn’t waste one prime second of your youth and life on God would you. All that time is for you.
There is a reason why in the final chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon and God today pleads to you, the reader, remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. What does that verse have to do with this? Everything. Solomon spent his energy and best years and potential and ability on himself and women. Time he would never get back. And time he forever lost. You can redeem your time, or you can waste your time. You can redeem your life, or you can waste your life. See, most kids are going to ignore this verse and spent their youth on themselves, rather than bringing it to God. Hey, that’s far too good a sheep for God! Give him the dregs, serve God when you’ve spent your energy, your wealth, your ability. Serve God when your witness and testimony is blown. Serve God when you’re washed up and burnt out.
Malachi 1:14 – “But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.”
God deserves better. And you will bring a curse on your life with your attitude of contempt to him, his word and serving him and minding him with your life. You could’ve brought better to him, but you won’t and don’t. You refuse. You’ll keep that full flock for yourself. You know, God gave you every good thing you have anyway. He gave you all those blessings you have. He gave you that ability you have. He gave you the time you have. And you won’t give any of it back to he who gave it. If you gave it to God, you wouldn’t lose it. The prodigal son took his inheritance, and blew it. Giving your life to God isn’t wasting, it’s redeeming. Look around you, look at what’s going on in this world… and you’ll see the curses mounting up. Cursed lives, because they’re deceived. They’re deceived about who God is. They’re deceived about what’s right and what’s wrong. They’re deceived about the reaping that they’re going to be doing in their life for all the disobedience and rebellion they’ve sown.
It’s not cursed to bring your best to God. That person will be blessed. Give your best to God. Give the best of your life. Give your time to God. Give your years to God. Put him first. He’s a great King, he is worth it. We’re wanting God to accept and work with and bless the corrupt rubbish that we’re bringing to him. He’s not going to. The reason why a curse is in your house and upon your life is because you’re bringing corrupt worship, corrupt service, and corrupt life to God, and you want him to accept and bless it. And he never will. Those men of Israel, those families had so much better to bring. And they brought God the absolute dead worst in their flock, the stuff they couldn’t give away. Don’t go crying to God, as they were doing as well, when he doesn’t accept you, and when your life is so filled with self inflicted curses of disobedience and rebellion. They covered the altar with tears, they were fake and phony and as corrupt as the sacrifices they were bringing to God.
Are you bringing God your dregs? You refuse to give the best to him. No, God’s got a very contemptible place in your life. You’re not treating him like the great King he is. Your worship and service is empty and bare. And your life has curses all over it, and then you’re going to blame God for it, just as they were doing. We refuse to look at ourselves and get honest with ourselves. Why? Because we are deceivers. Just as they were. Deceiving and being deceived. When will we get out of our deception. Hear the word of the Lord. Malachi went and preached this message to Israel… how about bringing the best of your flock Israel? How about that? Give those best bits, the bits you keep back from God because you’re on the throne of your life, you’ve got it figured out, you’re looking out for yourself… but God knows what’s best for you more than you do. The nation was full of curses, and we sin against God, we disobey, we have our fake religion, then we come crying when our lives are ruined by our own action and we pin it on failure on God’s behalf.
Give your best to God, let him bear rule in your life, let him be the most High, let his word prevail in your decisions, give those things that you hold too precious from him… to him. Try that today. See how that works. God wants the best of your life, put him first where he’s not welcome, what he’s not welcome to, where you don’t let his word and light have free course. It will go well for you. This is an age old message from the word of God, Malachi carried it to a nation that was bringing absolute rubbish to God, their dregs, and that same message is to Christians today. God often occupies a very low part of our life, but he’s a great King. We all make that mistake, but we can fix it today because of the word of the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord in your life today, get right with the great King and don’t be bringing those dregs to him no more.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)