What can I give God?

“God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.”

from On His Blindness by John Milton

What can I give God?  Everything I have comes from Him.  There is nothing of mine that He did not give me.  Anything that I lack, I only need ask Him for it.

I used to think that God needed my talents and my gifts for His kingdom.  Now I see them as pitiful offerings.  Without the Spirit’s fire they are fool’s gold.

What does He want from me?  Not sacrifices, not gifts, but my love and obedience.  He wants to be my Father, and for me to be His child, loving Him, running to Him when I am hurt, trusting Him, obeying Him.

Father, I give you my heart, and ask that the love You have placed there will increase day by day.  May each day be full of praise and adoration for You, as I rest in You.

What our Lord want us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us.  And what does He give in exchange for our sin?  Real solid righteousness.  ”

Oswald Chambers

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