Earlier in my life, I struggled with a perfectionist spirit. As I grew older, I let go of some of that. When it comes to what I do for the Lord, I want it to be the best it can possibly be. It will not be perfect, but I will strive to give my best.
Praise demands a sacrifice! I love this verse: “Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver” (II Samuel 24:24 NKJV). The king could not offer to the Lord that which cost him nothing. We will sacrifice time, energy, and numerous other things to give God our best. He is worth every sacrifice!
While we should avoid the extreme of a well-polished yet heartless performance, we should strive to give God the best we can with what we have at every given opportunity. My best and your best may differ, but God desires it.
Many of you will go to a place of worship tomorrow. As you do, give God your best. If you can’t sing, so what? Sing with all your heart. You may not preach like a megachurch pastor, but preach with all your heart. As Gary Colboch (one of my former pastors) would frequently say, “If it bears God’s name, it deserves our best.”