Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Offering God the halfhearted stuff...

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the LORD's table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. 
Malachi 1:6-9 ESV

Think back to Christmas... We wouldn't offer halfhearted gifts to family, friends or bosses and expect to get away with it, at least not without some sort of scorn or ridicule.  Even when it comes to time we know we really can't get away with offering a pittance to our family or friends, they will call us to account.

So why do we seem to do it to God?  Why are we more worried about the Sunday service running long and into our evening TV time?  Or the sermon going longer that 30 minutes??  Or singing another cycle through that chorus???

Instead shouldn't we look at what we are offering to God?  What is our worship?  Because if we're not looking at that, then are we offering 'polluted' worship?

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