Verse 10 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.”
We ended our time yesterday with the thought that the world isn’t going to be drawn to the God of a loveless Church. But this love can’t be superficial as that would sooner or later be made obvious. So let’s talk about how to ensure that the love we are giving is genuine. First we will look at our love for God and test the sincerity of it.
This passage in Malachi shows how God feels about our platitudes. We talked earlier in the week how we can say something all we want but until it becomes an action in our life, it is fake. We don’t like it when our spouse says that they love us but don’t give us affection or help around the house. We want our children to show they love us by obeying. We feel appreciated by our boss when they tell us that we have done a great job and maybe even better, give us a bonus. In all these situations we equate love with getting something. Our passage tells us that God has similar complaints about us.
He starts out by saying that He is being disrespected. It shouldn’t be too hard for us to see ways we disrespect Him in our daily lives. Maybe we struggle to find time to spend with Him but make sure we never miss our favorite TV shows or time with friends. Maybe we say we love Him but don’t think twice about using His name as a swear word. There are so many ways we disrespect Him and don’t even think about it.
The big thing we need to see in this passage is that God is showing His people that they are treating Him as if He were fake. The idols that they have dabbled with over the generations aren’t bothered by the insincerity of worship because they are not real. By disrespecting God and offering Him less than the best that He has required they are, by their actions, telling God that He is as good as wood or stone to them.
We do the same thing. We treat Him as if He doesn’t really matter to us. We tell Him by our actions that He doesn’t mean as much to us as we claim with our lips. Our actions prove our sincerity. What does our worship say about our relationship with Him?
Making It Personal
Are you a fake worshiper? Where does lack of sincerity show up in your life? What changes do you need to make to show Him the love He is due?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to be fake? Have you ever had someone pretend to be your friend? What does a fake relationship with Jesus look like?
Father, we confess the times we have failed to love You as You deserve. Reveal to us the ways that we don’t worship You as You require. In Jesus’ name, amen.