Letting Things Slide

It seems that throughout history, my daughter is not the only one who gets a little lax with the rules.

Malachi 1:1-14

Reference: v.8  “When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong?  When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong?  Try offering them to your governor!  Would he be please with you?  Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV Bible)

Explore: We don’t have too many rules in our house.  One we do have for our teenager though is that the TV must be turned off by 5pm on school nights.  This is because the longer the TV is on, the less homework is completed.  One day I arrived home at 5:15 to discover that the TV was still being watched.  All I had to say was, “Oh, what happened to that rule about the TV being turned off at 5 o’clock?  Has that rule been changed?”  I may have got a roll of the eyes and a grumbled mumble but the TV was turned off and homework got underway.  It’s not that the rule had been forgotten, it’s just that it was easier and more enjoyable to not follow it that afternoon.

Application: It seems that throughout history, my daughter is not the only one who gets a little lax with the rules.  The prophet Malachi is sent to God’s people to remind them of some of the rules that they are starting to let slip.  It’s not that they don’t know what is expected of them, it’s just that it is easier to let things slide a little.  But when it comes to God, should we not give Him our best?  If we believe He is a powerful, gracious, loving God should we not put Him as our number one priority?  The thing is, we know how to give Him our best, it’s just that sometimes we get a little lazy in our faithfulness to God.  We can sometimes cut corners or do a second-rate job and take advantage that God will always love us in the end.  But our God does not deserve our sloppy seconds, He deserves our best.  We need to be reminded, just like the people Malachi is addressing, that when it comes to God, only our best will do.  It’s not about perfection, it’s all about praise.

Prayer: Lord, You are an incredibly gracious God and when we come to You with all our faults we know that You love and forgive us.  But Lord, we have let our dedication to You slide.  May we acknowledge You are Lord in all our lives and may we live a life of dedicated praise to You.  Amen.

What part of your faith in God have you let slide recently?  What needs to change for you to make God the right priority in your life?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.