“‘“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ “You offer defiled food on My altar, but say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’By saying, ‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.’ And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” says the LORD of hosts. “But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” says the LORD of hosts.
“Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” Says the LORD of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands. For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the LORD of hosts. 12 “But you profane it, in that you say, ‘The table of the LORD is defiled; and its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
You also say, ‘Oh, what a weariness!’ And you sneer at it,” Says the LORD of hosts. “And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?” says the LORD. “But cursed be the deceiver who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, but sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished—For I am a great King,” says the LORD of hosts, “And My name is to be feared among the nations.”’” Malachi 1:6-14
Are we really honoring God? We are deceiving ourselves if we hold onto our best and give God our leftovers. While we may not literally give a lame lamb these days, we can give the Lord lame efforts in our spiritual life. Do we give the best of our time to God, or do we do everything else we want to do first and rush to the Bible and pray in the bit of time we have left? When we share our things with others do we give what we would like to have ourselves or do we donate our trash? Do we consider it a wearisome burden to serve the Lord? God doesn’t want the leftovers or second place in our lives. We dishonor God and give others a bad impression of him when we sneer at God’s requirements and act as if serving God is a burden. Give God your best in everything.
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