Malachi 1:8 NKJV
And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
As we worship God, we give Him ourselves. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.” Under the Old Testament some of the Jews were not offering their best and were condemned for it. In Malachi 1:8 we read, “And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil ?” Is it not just as evil today when we do not give God our best?
Under the New Testament we do not offer animal sacrifices as the Jews did under the Old Testament; but we give Him our lives in service to Him as a living sacrifice. In doing this we must give Him our all. Anything we do for God must be our very best. Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.” All our heart, soul, and mind, or in other words, our total being must be in our worship.
How do we show our love to God? Our Lord says in John 14:21, “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.” We show our love to God when we keep His commandments. We do not show our love to God if we only keep the commandments we want to keep or if we add some of our own commandments.
In Matthew 28:18, before Christ ascended into heaven, He was giving His apostles some last-minute instructions concerning those they would baptize. Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Everything the Lord has commanded us is to be observed. We are to do all that God says and in the way He says to do it. Jesus says in Luke 6:46, “But why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
In worship we must do all God has commanded and we must do nothing He has not authorized. Our worship must be from the heart with all reverence and sincerity. We must give Him our very best. Then and only then will we be worshipping God “in spirit and in truth”. The purpose and holiness of true worship to God is a precious privilege available only to those who are obedient to the will of God.
Let’s think about the logic in giving God our best. No one would give a human the lame and expect favor in return. But how often do we save our very best for those we respect the most in this life, and then give God what’s left? In essence, by only giving God what time we have left or what money we can spare or the talents that don’t require too large an investment, we are doing the same thing as the priest of Malachi’s day. Shame on us!
Today, let it be our desire to give God the best and not worry about what man thinks about it. After all, the God that created us and loved us enough to send His only Son, Jesus Christ to die in our place deserves the best we have. God gave the best for us. What are we going to give back to Him?
May God bless you today as you give Him your all. Amen.
Scripture of the day: “Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.” ~ Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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