The value of your gift (Malachi 1)

14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:14

Each year I always find myself struggling with the perfect gift for Sherry when it comes to the many different times in the year when I celebrate her.  Sometimes it comes to me easily and at other times the gift giving comes hard.  Here are four variables that come into the mix when I consider a gift for Sherry:

  1. How much do I really value her.
  2. How much money is available for the gift.
  3. What are my options for the gift.
  4. What is the occasion for the gift.

As I read this list, I realize these same four variables come into play each time I consider giving anyone a gift.  Now you may ask, why are you talking about gift giving?

The reason is because this is exactly how Malachi begins his prophecy to the Children of Israel.  Malachi was the next to last Old Testament prophet (John the Baptist being the last).  He writes during the time of Nehemiah.  Malachi points out the sins of Israel which include corrupt social justice, corrupt priests, ungodliness in marriage, and wicked sacrifices.

Throughout this book there is a kind of argument between God and Israel.   In chapter one the people are sacrificing at the altar.  God says, the gifts they offered were corrupt (1:7).  God had clearly outlined the gifts they were to give (Lev. 9:2-3; Deut. 15:21) but the people were proving how little they valued God.

Question:  Are you in the habit of gift giving?

God said to His people, I am a Great King.  But sadly the people did not view Him in this way.

Brothers and sisters, there is no one like King Jesus.  Paul wrote of God’s love for us in Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us, how will He not also give us all things.” 

The Children of Israel were all about themselves in Malachi’s day.  They told God, this is my best, when in reality it was there left overs.

Brothers and sisters, I want with all my heart to give my best to God.  I encourage you to become a giver to the God who has given you everything (II Cor. 9:6-7).  Each day I consider what I have been given and then I consider what I have to give as I with all my heart give my all to Him.  I know this is your heart as well.

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