Journal Entry by Jared Lawson

S – Scripture:  Leviticus 1:2-3a (ESV)
Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, when any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock. If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish.

O - Observation
God was setting up his expectations with the people of Israel regarding their sacrifices. He was letting them know what was required of them, what they needed to give up. What I struck me about this scripture is the phrase ‘without blemish.’ In chapter 2 when God talks about grain offerings they are expected to bring ‘fine flour.’ God expects our best, he doesn’t expect our leftovers. They were required to bring their best to the Priests. As I reflected on this scripture I started to think about what holds me back from giving my best to God – the best of my time? the best of my money? the best of my resources? 

A - Application
Jesus tells us that if we seek his kingdom first he will take care of the rest (Matthew 6:33). I find that I can hold my best back from God because of a fear being left short: short of time, energy and resource. This verse reminds me that God requires my best and he will take care of the rest. 

P - Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are a God who wants more for me than from me. You deserve my best because you gave your best. May I always remember the fact that you only ask for my obedience and when I give you that, you take care of the rest. I love you and trust you. In Jesus Name Amen.