Do you invite friends or family over for dinner only to offer them the leftover macaroni and cheese you had the day before? Is popping a bowl of dried-up macaroni in the microwave for a few minutes good enough?
Please don’t misunderstand me. There’s nothing wrong with leftovers. I personally love the challenge of trying to make something new out of all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. But is that really the best I can do? Do I really want to just throw something together and hope for the best when I want to offer my best?
Do we do that to God? Are we just throwing something together, some half-hearted prayer to impress Him by our effort only to hand Him our wish list, our “want” list? Or maybe we try to sneak in with a “thanks” first, hoping that’s good enough.
Do you offer God the leftovers of your time, waiting until the end of the day to pick up your Bible or to think of Him? Or maybe you know He’s asked you to do something; He’s called you to a specific task. But you rush off and do all the things you want to do, or the countless things others expect you to do. So when it comes to God and His task, you’re fresh out of time and energy. Maybe tomorrow, you think.
Maybe tomorrow? What if God said that to you? What if those desperate pleas, those late-night tears were pushed aside, ignored, because God is simply going to do everything else first? Let me tell you, His to-do list is probably a lot longer than yours. And what if He puts you last? Oh, He would have enough energy and time of course. He’s God. But if you’re last, how long would you have to wait?
Are leftovers really good enough for your relationship with God? It all depends: Do you want your relationship with Him to be dried-up and lukewarm like your macaroni and cheese? He doesn’t want that. But the decision is yours.
“So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16 NIV.)