It is too hard to Worship
Malachi 1 : 13
You say, "'It's too hard to serve the Lord,' and you turn up your noses at my commands," says the Lord of Heavenís Armies. "Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?" asks the Lord.
Worship was "too hard" according to these priests.
Some people think that following God is supposed to make life more comfortable. They are looking for a God of convenience. The truth is that it takes commitment and hard work to live by God's standards. We may have to face many trails. But if serving God is more important to us than anything else, what we give up is nothing compared to what we gain - Eternal Life with God!!
There was a good humorous comment a preacher made 'I was enjoying life then I became a Christian'. You may be called a Christian but when you become one, your joy is not of this world but of another world - God's Kingdom. You may need to sacrifice many things of this world but you will be well compensated. Worship the Lord with your eyes focused not on the things of this world, but on the great things well ahead of you.
[ Prayer for the Day ]
Heavenly Father, we want to worship You with all our lives and all our strength! May we always place You first in our hearts, minds and activities. We long to draw closer to You Lord. In Jesus' Name we approach to worship You! Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Malachi 1 : 13-14 [NIV]
13 And you say, 'What a burden!' and you sniff at it contemptuously," says the LORD Almighty.
"When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?" says the LORD. 14 "Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king," says the LORD Almighty, "and my name is to be feared among the nations.
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