Angus Burger, Leftovers, and Worship
Just last April, I finally got my hands on one of Burger King’s masterpieces—the Classic Steakhouse Burger. O, what a long-awaited moment for me! It’s made of Angus beef patty, melted cheese, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, and A.1. Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce. Match it with large fries and Coke (Light for me) and it’s every burger-lover affordable dream meal.
Truly this is one of the best burgers of Burger King. I had to order it because it is the prime of the menu. Why would I settle for anything less?
Then it hit me. Doesn’t God think the same way? Why would the Lord of hosts settle for anything less and mediocre? Doesn’t He deserve only the best from us, especially in our worship.
We are plagued with a sad reality. Most of the time, we get to keep the best time, labor, and resources for ourselves, while God gets our surplus. We give Him our leftovers.
In Malachi 1:6-14, the priests and people have dishonored and disobeyed God. They kept sacrificing imperfect animals, a practice which was a neglect of God’s law and an expression of cheap worship. God warned them, “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the LORD Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations” (v.14).
May this be a warning to us as well. Let us honor God by giving Him the best of our time, labor, and resources, not with our leftovers. Let us worship the Lord Almighty with all our heart, mind, and strength.