HOW DO YOU HONOUR GOD?

Mal 1:6-14

This post talks about a message God gave to the people of Israel through the Priests concerning their regards for Him as their father and master.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name!

“But you ask, ‘How have we ever shown contempt for your name?’

“You have shown contempt by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar.

“Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices?’

“You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect. When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn’t that wrong? And isn’t it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?” asks the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“How I wish one of you would shut the Temple doors so that these worthless sacrifices could not be offered! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and I will not accept your offerings. But my name is honored by people of other nations from morning till night. All around the world they offer sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name is great among the nations,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s Table. You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.

“Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and my name is feared among the nations!

It is clear in the message that God frowns and does not encourage the act of giving/sacrificing to Him something that even we, mortals, would not be appreciative of when it is offered us. I want to use this scenario the buttress this point. Imagine your employer and master is throwing a big party in his house and you have been invited as a special Guest of honour. This employer of yours pays you a total sum of 800 dollars a month, but when the time comes for you to present him a gift on that special day of his, you presented him only 25 dollars. Considering what your employer did, does and will continue to do for you, your family and friends, your gift is definitely an act of ungratefulness. You ought to have gifted him even more than half of your earnings. That is what God says to you.

And He finished by saying, “Woe betides any man who thinks he/she is smart and will promise me a lot, but when the time comes will hide under the umbrellas of flimsy prevailing circumstances (excuses) and offer me little.” Watch the promise you make, and the gifts you offer to the living God so that you don’t even sin in your attempt to appreciate Him. For some of your gifts will only bring you curse. What best describes Christianity is giving, and that I preach everyday on this channel. God gave His son, and His son gave His life, all for our sake. What then are you giving in appreciation?

Don’t present or offer to God a stolen material, or the product of something achieved through dubious means. May God be with us all.

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