When I was in college, a wise professor told me to start practicing the wisdom of firsts. By that, he meant that I should make it a habit in my life of giving God the first part of everything in my life. That way, I assure that God is getting the best part of me, rather than the leftovers. In the Old Testament book of Malachi, the people of God had become selfish and complacent about their offerings to God. So much so, that instead of bringing their best as an offering to Him, they were giving him their worst. God became greatly upset with them as He reminded them that their offerings were "useless fires" upon His altar. As we begin a new year, I encourage you to give God your very best. Practice the wisdom of worshiping God with your firsts…give Him your first moments of every day, the first day of the week, the first dime of every dollar, and the first priority in your life.
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