Malachi 1:6-7 “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’7 “By offering defiled food on my altar.“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible.
In this verse the Lord is talking to the priest who were failing to be good spiritual examples. They were half-hardheartedly serving God. We do the same today at times – if we’re honest. How often do we read the Bible just to get it out of the way? When was the last time you prayed and cried out to God for your family, community, or our country? How often do we sin against God and call it a mistake, or heredity, or environment? Is God really the all-powerful knowing God that you claim Him to be? If God is really all that we claim Him to be, how do we consistently give Him less than our best? If God is who we say He is, how can we sin against Him as often as we do? Yes- Satan attacks us, but let’s not give Satan all the credit. We have the power to defeat Satan. So let’s not blame him for every sin we face.
Here’s a question to ponder; If you were at a gathering with friends, and suddenly a famous person showed up, how excited would you be? It’s a famous person you actually admire; a pastor, entertainer, athlete, politician, chef – it doesn’t matter who it is, it’s just someone famous who you are well aware of. How much of your attention would they receive at this party? Would you try to be on your best behavior? Would you make sure you appeared flawless? Would you laugh at their jokes? If they asked someone to get them something from the kitchen, would you be the first person to get up?
The Holy Spirit is with us like a best-friend. He tells us to wake up. He tells us to pray and spend time with God. He tells us to drive slowly. He tells us to treat someone to lunch. He tells us to stop and pray for someone in need. He tells us not to gossip. He tells us to go to church. He tells us to get off social-media. He tells us to turn the T.V. off and play with our children. He tells us to give our spouse a kiss. He tells us to volunteer. He tells us not to look at something we shouldn’t be looking at. I can go on and on. The Holy Spirit is with us every day, all day, guiding us through life, yet we ignore Him. He gets our leftovers, while a celebrity, a mere human, would get the best of us.
Is God everything to you? How do you know?
Dear God; help us give you our best each day. Help us Lord, to not get comfortable calling ourselves sinners and living with that title. Yes Lord, we will sin at times, but we know through your death on the cross we have the power to overcome sin. Help us Lord to rise daily and spend time with you. Help us Lord to not grieve the Holy Spirit. Help us Lord to take our hands off our ears and listen to you. Help us give you our best!