“When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:8)

On the pantry cupboard in our church’s kitchen is the following sign:

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Makes sense. Please date thing so we don’t serve out of date (and possibly dangerous) food. Good policy.

Here’s a picture of what I found on September 26, 2018:

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Wow, 2007. Ya know, it doesn’t do any good to date things if they’re never thrown out anyway. This food item was still in the pantry 11 years later.

But then I turned the bottle over and saw this:

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The “Sell By” date is January 24, 2002! It’s one thing to have the food sitting around and never cleaned out, but this item was put in the pantry five years AFTER it’s expiration. What is wrong with people?

Why do we give to the church our cast off, our unusable, the things we don’t like or want? “I just got myself a new coffee maker so I’ll give my old one to the church.” Is that bringing to God our best? Not hardly.

This is not just about what we give to the local church. It is about what we bring to God. We seem to have the mindset that the things, abilities, and time we have is ours and we give a portion to God. In reality it is all God’s and He is allowing us to use it. The question then is not, “How much of my stuff do I give to God?” but “How much of God’s stuff should I use for myself?”

I am not entirely innocent in this area myself. I’m definitely looking in the mirror here. After my initial frustrated anger at the mentality of someone who’d put five-year-expired bacon bits into the church pantry, I began to ask what logs were in my own eye. I found a few.

So, the question is, are we presenting spotless lambs, or giving God blind and crippled sacrifices?

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