According to Wikipedia, Leftovers are: the uneaten edible remains of a meal after the dinner is over, and everyone has finished eating.
It would seem wise during these economic times to do everything you can to cut corners. One of the things that we often do at our house is save any leftovers from our meals. This helps us keep food on the table for our 5 little human vacuum cleaners that can inhale huge amounts of anything edible. While leftovers are a matter of preference when it comes to our own personal taste, it's a matter of principle when it comes to God. The first recorded worship service in the Bible ended badly because of leftovers & is found in the story of Cain & Able.
Genesis 4:2-8 says, "... When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. 6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
The reason that God was not pleased with Cain was simple, He brought his leftovers. Most people live by the idea that anything that they give to God is acceptable. The truth is that God expects us to put Him first with our time, talent & treasure! The first & greatest commandment is to love God. This means that we're called to worship God with every area of our lives. Don't have a spirit like Cain who was self-centered and saved the best for himself. Save your leftovers and give your best to God in everything!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...”. Colossians 3:23