Have you ever felt like what you had to offer to God was completely insignificant in comparison to the grandness of who He is? I know I have.
But I remember when I was in Costa Rica speaking at a conference to the pastors’ wives and a sweet young lady came up to me with tears in her eyes as she gently took the earrings out of her ears and placed them in my hand and then closed my fingers over them. They were just costume jewelry, but they were all she had.
And although they had little value, they became a priceless treasure to me the moment she placed them in my hands.
My heart overflowed with emotions. I didn’t need the earrings. But she was showing her love and appreciation by that humble offering – and in so doing, she found a special place in my heart.
As we look at Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication, I’m reminded of how small and insignificant what I have to offer is. Solomon built a house for the Lord – but not even the grandest of houses, mansions or temples can contain an omnipotent God.
Oh how I find it amazing that our hearts can contain what the whole world cannot!
So what do we do when all we have to offer is so much less than He deserves?
We do like Solomon did – we give it anyway.
“But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built! Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you, that your eyes may be open day and night toward this house, the place where you have promised to set your name, that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place. And listen to the pleas of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen from heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.” 2 Chronicles 6:18-21
Solomon’s temple may have seemed small and insignificant when compared to the magnificence of God, but it emerged from a heart of love and devotion – it was the result of a lot of planning, preparation, resources and work.
Solomon gave the best he had and the best he could knowing it was nothing compared to God. It was an act of worship.
When I think about Solomon’s offering, I couldn’t help but parallel his great gift of significant insignificance with the little boy who offered Jesus two fish and five loaves.
“And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied.” Luke 6:38,41-42
When our offering seems so small for such a Big God, we do like the little boy who gave Jesus two loaves and five fish did – we give it anyway.
Today, you may not feel as though what you have to offer the Lord is worthy of such an awesome God. Solomon felt the same way. But like Solomon and the boy with the fish and the loaves – give it anyway! It’s an act of worship.
Sweet friends, we give all we are to God – we give all we have to the Almighty. It’s an act of worship in which our Heavenly Father delights.There are no such things as small offerings when they come from a heart overflowing with love.
The offering of ourselves is a priceless treasure in our Heavenly Father’s hands.
When give ourselves to the One who gave Himself for us, our lives become an offering – and as Romans 12:1 says, it is your spiritual worship.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
Are you holding back any part of yourself today? Do you struggle with worshipping God by being fully surrendered to Him? What has been the most difficult part of “you” that you’ve had to hand over to Him lately?