The Best Portion
my family went out to eat at restaurants, I was convinced that my dad never
liked what he ordered. He would start on his steak but then always cut off
large pieces for me. If I liked his dish, he would offer to trade plates so
that I could have it instead. Only when I grew older did I learn that he always
saved the sweetest or most tender parts of the dish for me, even if he enjoyed
it just as much.
the book of Mark recounts a story in which a woman decided to offer Jesus her
most valuable possession—an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of
pure nard (Mk 14:3). This was typically a wedding gift that would have taken
one year of wages to save up for (equivalent to about $30,000 today), but the
woman used it to anoint Jesus and honor Him. In a contrasting example, the
Israelites in the days of Malachi followed God’s commands to offer animal
sacrifices, but chose to give Him the sick and injured animals they didn’t want
(Mal 1:13). Their actions did not reflect the belief that God deserves the
highest glory and honor.
offer our best to God or just the leftovers of our time and energy?
day, we make decisions in our lives that determine how we allocate our time, which
in turn reflects what takes up the largest portion of our hearts. For example, after
school or work, do we spend all of our precious free time on entertainment or use
some of it for spiritual cultivation? Do we prepare for an RE lesson the night
before or dedicate several hours during the week to lesson planning?
God how important He is in our lives by deliberately blocking out times in our
schedule for Him, without hiding behind excuses that we’re too busy. When we
reflect upon all His mercy, love, and blessings throughout our lives, we will
naturally develop an unquenchable desire to draw closer to God and easily make
sacrifices for Him.
commended the woman who anointed Him by saying, “She has done a beautiful
thing” (Mk 14:6, ESV). By giving careful thought to our ways and learning to
give God the best portion, we can also do something beautiful, worthy of His
glory and grace.
“Give of your best to the Master, Give Him
first place in your heart; Give Him first place in your service, consecrate
- Barnard, Charlotte A. "Give of Your
Best to the Master.” 1902. Comp. by Howard B. Grose
Questions for Reflection
does it mean to give our best to God?
do we find it difficult to give our best to God?