Monday, May 31, 2010
What are you brining?
"'A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the LORD of hosts to you . . ."
"'But when you present the blind for a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and the sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?' says the LORD of hosts. 'But now will you not entreat God's favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He receive any of you kindly?' says the LORD of hosts."
"'But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,' says the LORD of hosts, 'and My name is feared among the nations.'"
Malachi 1:6, 8-9, 14
What are you bringing before the LORD? Although we may not sacrifice animals anymore, does that make the LORD any less deserving of our best? When you come before the LORD in worship on Sunday mornings, are coming because you "have to", or are you coming with a heart ready to worship Him and praise Him; a heart that yearns and hungers for Him? When you have your personal quiet time with the LORD, do you come tired, barely able to read the Word let alone reflect upon it? As you serve the LORD - whether in your workplace, in a typical ministry position, or as you fellowship with other believers - are you serving Him whole-heartedly? As you give monetarily unto the work of the LORD, is that the first check you write, or the last one, written only out of duty?
May we be found guilty of giving the LORD the best of all that we have - our time, energy, money, love, and service. He is worthy of nothing less.