“The Lord Almighty says…”A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master, but where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have despised my name. But you ask, ‘How have we despised your name?’ You have despised my name by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar. Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices?’ You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect.” Malachi 1: 6-7
For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting this post, in-boxing me, stalking me, stopping me on the street, begging for Part II, here you are. For those of you who missed Part I, take a look then read on :-)…
So after reading our first message some of you may be thinking, “Well what does God want me to do? Cancel my membership with the Gamma Phi Beta group? Drop out of the classes I just signed up for? Not socialize with anyone, just read my bible and pray all day?” Noooo… But He does expect you to prioritize your life and activities so that He is your first thought, not an afterthought.
Your thoughts dictate your actions, we all know that. Give your Creator the blessing of your FIRST thoughts, your BEST time, your MOST EFFECTIVE efforts. When you serve and volunteer at your church or local charity do it with a smile and a joyful heart. No one wants to hear about how tired you are from work or how much your feet hurt from walking though the mall. God doesn’t want to hear it either! (ok, let me qualify that...He wants you to pray about it, asking for His assistance in getting through the situation, but no blatant complaining.) “You say ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord’ and you turn up your noses at His commands,” says the Lord Almighty” Malachi 1:13a. God has already seen the actions of people with this mindset and He has left us plenty of examples in the bible for review. The bible spells it out for you, but only the Holy Spirit can convict you to do better. God knows your heart. You do too. If you know you are cheating God by committing to all other activities/ events/ goals besides His ultimate goal of glory and service for His kingdom, then it is time to readjust.
It may seem hard, or darn near impossible, but test God on this. He will multiply your time and you will be amazed at the benefit! Give God the beginning of your day in prayer and meditation. Devote your best hours of each day and every week to joyful service for His kingdom. Honor God’s name by giving Him the pick of the litter. Get the best strawberry, wash it off and slice it up, then give it to God! Imagine, planting the seeds from your best fruit will reap the most beautiful harvest you have ever seen.
“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold onto what is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 19-21
Stay fly girls!