Malachi 1:7-8 “By offering defiled food on my altar.“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
Imagine if a man went out to eat with some of his guy friends and they ate the best ribs and when he came home he gave the box of bones with hardly any meat on them to his wife! Would she be happy? I highly doubt it. But how often do we do that to God Himself by setting aside the best and first parts of our money, time, and resources. Is God really wanting our money or time as much as he desires us? The woman who got the box of scraps could have probably cared less about the ribs but none the less she was insulted and probably thought “you think that is all I am worth? Your left overs?” We send the same message to the Lord when we neglect him.
Let us be intentional to give God what he truly is worthy of!