Pastor’s Pen: A child’s leftovers

By Layton Dutton

Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church


If you’re a father you may understand that you are the “clean-up man”. When you go out to dinner with your family you are responsible for cleaning up any food that your children do not eat.

Perhaps you have been the recipient of the English muffin that came with breakfast, but looks completely foreign to your child. It is passed off to dad because the heir to your fortune is certain they don’t like it, whether they have tried it or not.

You have also, most certainly, received food on the other end of a meal. The unfinished fries, half-eaten chicken tenders and leftover half sandwich all get passed onto dad. He may make a statement like, “You know you should really eat that” or “Do you know how much that costs?” but he still accepts the nominal gift and finishes off dinner for the family.

The Bible tells us that God is our Father (Ephesians 4:5-6). This means He is over us. He is superior. A proper earthly father is over his family. He is to wisely direct them in the path of godliness, protect them from evil and show them love. God is our Father who directs and protects. It also means God is a personal God. He is concerned for us and loves us.

But, as we do to our earthly fathers, we can take God for granted. We can see God as our place to deposit the things we don’t want and the remnants when we are finished. Instead of offering the best we have, we offer what is left over. He may take it and love us anyway, but are leftovers the message of worship and love we want to send to God?

As you look at your day today, what is the best you can offer to God? He, as your heavenly Father, cares about you and has given so much for you, even His only Son. How will you show your gratefulness to Him today?

(Also read Psalm 51:17, Hosea 6:6, Luke 10:27, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17)