It has been a very busy weekend for our church, but particularly for the ladies. My wife was working well into Friday night and early Saturday morning measuring, mixing and then baking several dozen chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies for our church bake sale tables. The bake sale was part of a large community yard sale held at the pavilion in the community park in Hillsdale. For us as a church, the bake sale was a couple of months in the planning. it is a major fundraiser to help keep our church (which was established in 1851) operating.
When I got up early Saturday morning there were several dozen cookies meticulously arranged in brand new clamshell containers, which would later be brought to the bake sale. But I also noticed a few cookies still sitting on the wire racks. They looked perfectly fine, but when I turned one over and inspected it I noticed it was slightly burnt. Although the cookie was perfectly edible, it was not good enough to present to the church’s bake sale. The slightly burnt or second best cookies would be reserved for myself and our kids.
At the bake sale it became very obvious that all the church ladies who were baking for the bake sale were presenting ONLY their very best. Yes there would be other households where husbands and children would be eating slightly burnt fruit pies, cookies, butter tarts, fresh bread and fruit loafs. And in the age of technology and social media it was only a matter of minutes before pictures were circulating and being shared about this AMAZING bake sale the church ladies had put together. It is a well known fact with this bake sale that you better get there early for the best selection. Butter tarts were sold out in a matter of minutes.
Using this very same analogy, how is it with our spiritual lives? Do we present God ONLY the best of our time, our energy, our talents and our financial resources? Or is it the other way around in which our time, energy, talents and financial resources are given up for other pursuits, and God gets our second best or our “slightly burnt cookies?”. Mother Teresa once quoted, “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness”
God desires that we present only our very best for Him. From the Bible, Romans 12:1 says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living sacrifice–the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.”
Thank you church ladies of giving this example of presenting only your very best. And thank you community of Hillsdale for picking up on this and supporting us in the bake sale in a big way! 🙂