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Giving Him Our Best
4/6/2018

“A son honors his father, And a servant his master.  If then I am the Father, Where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence?  Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name.” Malachi 1:6 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you but I value my time very much.  It is one of my most valuable assets, and when I invest it into people or projects I like to think I have given something of great worth. Oftentimes we can find ourselves giving things to people pretty easily because they really don’t cost us anything.  But when something is valuable to us we tend to hold on a little tighter. 

Such was the case with the Israelites as recorded in the Book of Malachi.  God was angry with them because they were bringing in their sick and lame animals to sacrifice, and their food offerings were defiled (Mal. 1:7-8).  The priests were responsible for reflecting God’s attitudes and character, so by allowing the people to bring in these imperfect sacrifices they were leading the people to believe that God accepted those sacrifices as well.  We can clearly see how He felt about this though in Malachi 1:10. 

“I have no pleasure in you,” Says the LORD of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.” Malachi 1:10 (NKJV)

Before we get too critical of these priests' improper actions, we must understand that we can be just like these priests in that we also reflect God to our family and friends.  So when we casually accept sin just as the priests did, we must understand God is no more pleased with us than He was with them. We must ask ourselves this question.

Q: What image of God’s character do others see in me?

We are told in Romans 12:2 that we are to be a living sacrifice to God.  So if we find ourselves giving the Lord our leftover time, energy, and money, are we really doing anything different than what these worshippers were doing — refusing to give their best to Him.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Keep from being casual about accepting sin when you see it for what it is.  Choose to give God your best no matter what it costs you.  He deserves our best — not just what’s left.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Malachi 1:10 how did God feel about the inferior sacrifices given to Him and about the people who were giving them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is what you are giving to God of great value, or is it simply what is leftover?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to give God the best of your firstfruits. 

PRAYER: Father, I thank You and praise You for all provision. Help me to see all sin for what it is, and to never be complacent and apathetic to it. Help me to reflect Your character properly to those around me.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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