A “Hand Me Down” Worship

“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.  “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:13-14

Malachi was a minor prophet whose name meant  “messenger”. Malachi was called by God to preach a hard message. A message of truth to the Israelites who were no longer living for God. The people of Israel had forgotten about God and all the things He had done for them and their ancestors. The people began giving their garbage as “gifts” to the Lord. They began giving to God their spoiled food and their sick animals. They were giving gifts that cost them nothing. To God, this was not a gift. In those days, these gifts were offered as worship and sacrifices to God. 

God was not happy with the Israelites for not giving their best to Him. How would you feel receiving a broken and used up toy that someone was throwing in the trash as a gift? If they are poor and it was all they had, the gift is precious. If they were not poor, and gave you this gift, it means that they did not spend any expense on you. When we go to parties today, we spend what we can afford on an appropriate gift for the one we love. We sacrifice our $10.00 to give to another. This is an action of love. 

What the Lord wanted from the Israelites was more than gifts, he wanted “actions of love”. He wanted “willing sacrifices”. He wanted men, women, and children who would approach the temple and give of their best with a heart for God. We may not give sick animals to the Lord today, but how much are “we out” by serving the Lord? Is there a class we could teach at church, but we are too caught up in our job? Could we volunteer to help around the church in other ways, but we only give God Sundays before football? Are we only giving our 1 percent to Christ that costs us nothing? Do we go to school and never tell our friends about Jesus or take the time to invite someone to church? The church can only grow when each one of us searches our hearts and makes sure we are not just going through the motions. God wants sacrifice not a  “hand me down” worship.

1.) Make a list of things you do each week that deals with serving the Lord?

2.) Think of a percentage. How much are you really out weekly in serving and giving to the Lord?

3.) “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 What is your gift that you are holding back from using?

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