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October 7th, 2015

Worship that God Rejects

“Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:10-11 (ESV)

Any worship that is offered for any other reason than proclaiming the greatness of the name of the Lord is vanity! In fact, the Lord suggests He would rather you not show up, if praising His name is not your chief concern. The people of Israel had forgotten this reality. Some 80 years after the promises of Haggai and Zechariah, the people of God found themselves impoverished and disillusioned. God’s temple was rebuilt, but where was the promised blessing? Where was God’s presence? Undoubtedly they had allowed their circumstance to encourage them to say things like, “Since He has not given us His best, we will not give Him our best. Surely, He would understand if we gave Him our worst livestock since we need our best ones for the best profit.”

The Lord, however, takes exception to their insufficient offering. Our praise and worship of our Lord should never be dictated by circumstance. We must always seek to give Him our best, because His name is worthy of nothing less. We take in vain the name of the Lord when we don’t come with our best. Think about your motivation for worship. Why do you come to sing songs and hear the word of God taught? Why do you serve daily in your neighborhoods or at the church? Is it to proclaim the greatness of the name of the Lord? If it is for any other reason, then it is in vain. You would be better to simply shut the temple doors.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Best, Malachi, Worship.
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October 7th, 2012

Worship that God Rejects

“Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:10-11 (ESV)

Any worship that is offered for any other reason than proclaiming the greatness of the name of the Lord is vanity! In fact, the Lord suggests He would rather you not show up, if praising His name is not your chief concern. The people of Israel had forgotten this reality. Some 80 years after the promises of Haggai and Zechariah, the people of God found themselves impoverished and disillusioned. God’s temple was rebuilt, but where was the promised blessing? Where was God’s presence? Undoubtedly they had allowed their circumstance to encourage them to say things like, “Since He has not given us His best, we will not give Him our best. Surely, He would understand if we gave Him our worst livestock since we need our best ones for the best profit.”

The Lord, however, takes exception to their insufficient offering. Our praise and worship of our Lord should never be dictated by circumstance. We must always seek to give Him our best, because His name is worthy of nothing less. We take in vain the name of the Lord when we don’t come with our best. Think about your motivation for worship. Why do you come to sing songs and hear the word of God taught? Why do you serve daily in your neighborhoods or at the church? Is it to proclaim the greatness of the name of the Lord? If it is for any other reason, then it is in vain. You would be better to simply shut the temple doors.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 273:  Malachi)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Best, Malachi, Worship.
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February 12th, 2008

Something Great for God (2)

Do your best…God is worth it.

“With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God–gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble–all of these in large quantities.” 1 Chron 29:2 (NIV)

David was willing to give God his best for the preparation of the construction of the temple. Though David would not be the one to build the temple, David gave his best in order for Solomon to carry on the work. David made an investment that would outlive him and outlast him.

Is God worth your best? Do you value your relationship with God in a tangible way? Are you giving evidence of your love relationship with God through giving Him your best?

  • “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.” Phil 1:9-11 (NIV)
  • “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (NIV)

God deserves your best in conversation, in conduct, and in contemplation. God deserves your best even when your actions go unnoticed. Make a commitment to do something great for God by giving Him your best. God is worthy!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Best, God's Worth, Something Great.
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