For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others.
- God was not smiling as he spoke to the people in Malachi 3:7-10. Instead of giving all they could to God, they were withholding some for themselves. And God noticed. When I consider all that God has given to me, I can see where I am not giving him all of my ______________ . I don’t always think in terms such as ‘tithe’ and ‘storehouse,’ but I do know what it means to give God a part of what I have or to consider what I’ve put in the bank.
- 1 Peter 2:9 reminds me I’m a priest of God! That humbles me, excites me, and scares me. I’m humbled that he sees me that way. I’m excited because it means he wants to use me in his work. But I’m scared because I haven’t been doing all that this verse says. After reading this, what I’ll do first is ______________ .
My words and actions:
Malachi 2 has words of warning to God’s priests. He wants me to help people find him, hear about him, and honor him. That is what some people in my own life have done. He has promised to help me and be with me in my work for him, but he’s also promised to challenge me if I don’t. God’s promises are real. For a moment, I need to consider my words and actions and see what they are doing for the Lord and his mission.
Father in heaven, you know all I have done and not done. You know the times I’ve put you first and the times I have put you last. You promised to forgive, and I am thankful. You promised to be patient, and you have been. I ask you to help me inventory all that you’ve given me – the things I can and can’t see. In turn, please help me to understand how to use all of these for my ministry in your name. I ask this in the name of the Great High Priest who saved me, Jesus. Amen.