Leftovers (Deuteronomy 26:1-10)

God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
I often serve my family leftovers to save myself a little time. The original meal is usually delicious. But when I serve the leftovers several days later, I sometimes feel that I haven’t given my best.

I sometimes serve myself spiritual leftovers as well. I fit God in, instead of making time with God my first priority. I say a quick thank-you to God each morning instead of taking time throughout the day to appreciate the opportunities God offers me. I neglect to read God’s word each day. Just as physical food nourishes our bodies, God’s word is meant to feed our souls, and we are invited to receive it afresh each day.

Sometimes I serve God leftovers too. I follow my own will first and consider God’s will an afterthought or after my way hasn’t worked out. God instructed the Israelite's to give their first fruits as an acknowledgment that every blessing comes from God. When we give God our first fruits, we acknowledge that God is sovereign over us. Such awareness helps us keep alive the excitement of having God in our lives and gives us the courage to do God’s will.

Jean Bonin (Alberta, Canada)