A Father’s Honor
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name…” (Malachi 1.6 ESV).
It’s easy to say we love someone, but to actually show it takes our best efforts. God is speaking through the Prophet Malachi to the priest—people who profess with their mouths that God is their Master, yet do not honor Him with their actions. Specifically, these priests were offering blemished sacrifices to the Lord, which is symbolic of not giving God their best. In fact, they were offering God their worst. God confronted the priests, and asked them if they were to give those same sacrifices to people they honored, would they expect to find favor in their eyes? Probably not. People don’t show favor to others for their worst efforts. We can’t judge the priest because we too have a tendency to treat God with contempt if we are not following Him with all of our heart. We can give everything in our life 100% of our time, energy and resources, leaving God with the leftovers. God is a forgiving God, and He is slow to anger. But there will come a time when we will stand at the crossroads of life, and God will ask us for all or nothing. We will either serve God with our whole heart, or we will go our own way. Lip service of devotion to God will only last so long. Eventually, we will have to live up to the words we speak or else our life will not demonstrate His divine favor. If God is our Master, and we see Him as our Father, we will want to give Him the best of everything we have to give. We will wan to please Him above all else.
“And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him” (John 8.29 NLT).