When you say, ‘The altar of God is not important anymore; worship of God is no longer a priority,’ that’s defiling. And when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you? God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you. (Malachi 1:7-8, The Message)
Verses 6-14 in the first chapter of Malachi remind us about unworthy sacrifices. Reading this chapter caused me to stop and think about what it is that I have offered to the Lord recently. I do not want the Lord to be disappointed in what I sacrifice for Him. Giving him what I have left versus making it a priority to give him the best of myself is unpleasing to Him. We all stumble, but today is the perfect day to recommit ourselves to offering Him what He asks of us!
Prayer: Once again, Lord, I ask you to help us get our priorities straight. As we make decisions, I pray that you would allow us to feel convicted when you are not at the center of everything we are doing. Amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays