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The Tragedy of Leftover Worship (3 of 9)
Series: God's Last Word to a Lost Generation
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Please turn to Malachi chapter 1. Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament. Malachi, probably a book that doesn't get read a lot, but it has a great message from the LORD in the Book of Malachi.
Now, as some of you know, we have staff meeting every Tuesday afternoon, and we meet together as a ministerial staff. And we pray and we talk about the events of the week and what just happened and what can we do better and what's coming up. And we go through a book study together. And we do lots of things together. And this Tuesday we had a situation come up. We were talking about giving. And it so happened that Olin came in and said, “Well,” he said, “you know, when I try and figure out how much I should give,” he said, “I draw a circle on the ground.” And he said, “And I take my paycheck and I cash it and I throw the money in the air (laughter). And then, whatever lands in the circle I give to God, and whatever outside of the circle I keep.” Well, Larry chimed in, and said, “Well, you know how I do it.” He said, “I draw a circle on the ground. And I cash my paycheck, turn it into check. I throw it up in the air. And whatever lands in the circle I keep, and whatever goes outside of the circle I give that to God.” And Matt Reynolds says, “What's all this about the circle?” He said, “I cash my paycheck, throw it up in the air, and whatever doesn't hit the ground, I say, „God, You can have it!'” (laughter). Now, obviously, we didn't do that in staff meeting, all right. But, you know, that joke typifies how a lot of people treat God and how they interact with God. “God, I'll throw it up in the air. If You want some of it, take it. But if any of it falls on the ground, that's going to be mine.” And we try and cut corners with God. We try and chisel this out of God and chisel that out of God and kind of just give Him the scraps and the leftovers ...
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