“You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God” (Dt. 17:1).
Do you give your Sunday best? Does your life as a Christian reflect giving God your best? In Deuteronomy 17, we see that God demands the very best from us, especially when we come to His house to worship. Today, however, people’s attitude towards church has changed. Many mega-churches popularized the seeker-sensitive model in the 1990s, which focused on making church comfortable and safe for seekers to come. With this movement, churches have worked hard to be attractive and provide an impressive worship experience, but neglecting the Biblical purpose of worship service. Essentially we are worshipping on our own terms and not His. This view has spread throughout many churches worldwide. As a result, the term “give your Sunday best” is no longer relevant in many churches. In all honesty, does not giving our best really matter to God? It does and it is evil. The prophet Malachi wrote,
“But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? (Ml. 1:6b-8a).
The Well Church, as living sacrifices, let us give our very best when we come to worship. Let us stand in awe of our God, who deserves our very best.