How many times have you pulled up to your favorite restaurant, and you think you’ve found a choice parking spot close to the door only to discover it’s posted with a sign: RESERVED. Be honest, you hate it when this happens don’t you?
The last time I pulled into a spot like that, I realized the sign is a good commentary on our lives. Either we reserve the best for God, or we re-serve Him the leftovers.
It’s easy to find verses that emphasis the reserved life:
- Honor the Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
- Present your body as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2).
When Proverbs 3, challenges you to honor the Lord with your substance, it means with the essence of your being. It means body, soul, spirit, gifts, talents, abilities, and all earthly possessions.
Are you honoring God with your substance by living a life that is reserved for Him, or are you giving Him a life that is a re-served bowl of lukewarm hash?