Joe and Mike had not seen each other in many years.  After meeting, they had a long talk trying to fill in the gap of those years by telling about their lives.  Finally, Joe invited Mike to visit him in his new apartment.

“I’ve got a wife and three kids and I’d love to have you visit us.”

“Great.  Where do you live?”

“Here’s the address.  And there’s plenty of parking behind the apartment. Park and come around to the front door, kick it open with your foot, go to the elevator and press the button with your left elbow, then enter!  When you reach the sixth floor, go down the hall until you see my name on the door.  Then press the doorbell with your right elbow and I’ll let you in.”

“Good.  But tell me… what is all this business of kicking the front door open, then pressing buttons with my right, then my left elbow?”

“Surely, you’re not coming empty-handed!”

As we approach God, surely we do not attempt to come to Him empty-handed. Listen to these instructions given to the Jews in the Law of Moses:

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” (Deut. 16:16-17)

God has blessed us richly in so many ways.  He wants us — no, He expects us — to bring a gift when we come to Him.  We should not appear before the Lord empty-handed.  Are your hands full?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith

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