Today, Malachi blasts the priests who show contempt for God in their offerings. Are we giving God our best? Do we give the cream to God or the dregs? God gave his only son. He gave ALL for you. Does your response to God’s gift show reverence and thanksgiving?
6 “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. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
14 For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.
Malachi 1:6-8, 14
As I read Malachi’s word from God to the priests here, I am personalizing it by asking myself, “If I gave my offerings to my governor, would he be pleased with me?” The underlying question is really about whether we are giving God our best. Are we giving God our best?
A good acid test is whether our neighbour or boss or governor was receiving what we give God, would they be satisfied? Would they be impressed? Would our offering be viewed as sacrificial or as a token?
The priests had clear and detailed rules for their offerings, and these priests were violating the Lord’s requirements. Today, our requirement around giving to God is to give what we agree with God in our hearts (2Corinthians 9:7). Are you doing that with God’s voice involved or are you giving what is leftover after you get yours?
If your neighbour knew your income and your lifestyle, would he say you are giving the cream to God or the dregs? See why God is angry?
Let’s put it in the ultimate perspective. Jesus is the unblemished, perfect, spotless lamb of God. He was sent as our sacrifice. God gave his precious son. God gave his only son. In other words, God gave ALL for you. Does the way you respond to God’s gift show respect and thanksgiving or contempt?
It’s time for some soul-searching in the way we approach God with our offerings. Let’s put our money and our lives where our mouths are…