DAY 8: LORD, HELP ME TO GIVE YOU MY BEST WORSHIP – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11 ESV

DEVOTION

One thing we can learn from the “wise men” found in Matthew 2, is they brought their best to worship King Jesus. They brought expensive gold – declaring Jesus’ Kingship, the perfume of frankincense – symbolizing Jesus as High Priest, and the anointing oil of myrrh, which often was used for embalming – foretelling what Jesus would one day do to save us. Each one of these gifts of worship had significant meaning and were considered precious valuables in their day and culture. These wise men thought Jesus to be worthy of such worship and adoration and they were right for doing so.

Now, what would it look like for you to give King Jesus your best? Would it be honoring Him at the workplace? Giving it your best for Jesus in your sport? Loving your family in a way that brings glory to the Lord? All of these action items could be the thing you could practically do to bring God your best. Paul writes to the Colossians church stating: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” (Colossians 3:23) I want to encourage you to think through all of the stuff you’re going to do today and do it all for His glory!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

PRAYER

Lord, today I want to give You my best. In whatever I do, whatever I say, whatever I think – I pray it glorifies you. Help me to keep this mindset in front of me. Help me to lock in and make it my priority to honor You with the gifts and abilities You’ve given me. And when I miss the mark, I pray You would convict me, comfort me, and remind to get back up again. Like the wise men from long ago, it’s my desire today to worship You and give You my very best. In Jesus name, amen!

FITNESS