Drooled on, snot-flecked, and oh, are those pieces of cheerios? Smiling wider than the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, your kid hands you a picture of nondescript, balloon-headed people attached to long, stick bodies.
“This is for you. Do you like it, mama?”
“I love it, baby.”
And you proceed to proudly display that unsanitary artwork in your ultra-hygienic kitchen on your gleaming refrigerator.
You don’t love the piece because your kid’s the next Rembrandt, or because dollar signs light up your imagination when you view it. You love the picture because it’s a hand-made gift from your child to you.
And that, my friends, is how God receives our heartfelt offerings.
Our God isn’t looking for our perfection. If we could achieve that, Jesus wouldn’t have had to come down and take our punishment on Himself (Romans 3:23).
He isn’t looking to profit from our performance. There is nothing we can do that the Creator of all things can’t do for Himself (Acts 17:25).
Our heavenly Father sees the child in us holding up our flawed offerings with a heart to please him and smiles. “I love it, baby.”
I haven’t always believed God could be pleased with anything I had to offer. I struggle against pride and selfishness daily. Not to mention a plethora of other sins. Thank goodness people can’t peer into my brain and see the hidden battle going on to control my thoughts and yield my will to Christ’s. But God can see everything. He knows the whole, ugly, internal process.
How is it possible to show my face in public let alone offer anything valuable to God, the King of Kings? It’s possible because I am His child.
When Christ sacrificed his life on my behalf, took my punishment on himself, He elevated my status to daughter of the King. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1, NIV).
When I offer the gift of my time to God, or the work of my hands, or my acts of service, He hears, “This is for you. Do you like it, Daddy?”
And He answers with a resounding, “I love it, baby.”
He doesn’t focus on the stains or the imperfections. He sees his daughter trusting Him, loving Him, honoring Him. And my heartfelt sacrifice, willingly offered, pleases God (Romans 12:1).
Our offerings will always be flawed. Human beings are incapable of achieving perfection on their own. They won’t enrich God. He is self-sustaining and completely capable of meeting His own needs.But like any loving parent, our Father will always be pleased when His children willingly offer their gifts, their talents, their hearts to Him.
But like any loving parent, our Father will always be pleased when His children willingly offer their gifts, their talents, their hearts to Him.
Let’s talk about this. How does the picture of a mother receiving a gift from her child help you to understand how God receives gifts from us? Share your thoughts here in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Sometimes we struggle with the value of what we have to offer God, and we question whether God has a purpose for our unique gifts. Join us for our next Wholly Loved Conference on January 20th hosted by Beautiful Savior in LaVista, NE to learn about our immutable value, and the blessing of our uniqueness.
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