In the time of Malachi, the Jews have returned from their exile, rebuilt the Temple, and reestablished the system of sacrifices ordered by God through Moses. Sounds great, right? But all is not well. The Jews are not taking their worship of God seriously, as demonstrated by one very telling point:
They are bringing blemished animals to be sacrificed.
In the Torah, God makes it very clear that He wants the very best animals in His people’s flocks and herds. But the Jews have decided that a sacrifice is a sacrifice, so they can keep the good animals for themselves and give God the crippled and diseased ones.
In Malachi 1:6-14, God calls the people to account for their actions. To bring less than your best to God is a great dishonor. A human ruler would not accept such pitiful offerings, and yet they are supposed to be good enough for the King of Kings. God says He would rather have no offerings from the Jews than disrespectful ones.
Harsh. But what does this have to do with the core value we’ve been discussing this month? Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
God has a purpose for your life. If you look at the beginning of Romans 12, you’ll see that you are the sacrifice God wants know. He no longer demands animals, but rather our lives lived for His glory.
We are all blemished sacrifices. God understands that, and He accepts us anyways. But are you doing what you can to remove those blemishes? Are you willing to own up to your weaknesses so that you can start to strengthen them? Are you working on being the best person you can be so as to be of the best use to God?
God is calling for sacrifices. We must respond with our absolute best selves. To do any less is disrespectful.