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What Can I Bring Him?

January 6, 2019

With a new year comes new challenges, new opportunities, and in this case, a new sermon series. We are going to walk through the book of Malachi. Malachi provided the last prophetic word from the Lord in the Old Testament age and it would be 400 years before we would hear from John the Baptist. However, some of the issues of the day were not so different than what we face today in our walk with the Lord. 

In Malachi, we see that the people of God are in need of revival and don’t even realize it. They’ve gotten lax. The priests have gotten lax. Their worship has become routine. They have lost focus and have accepted their new “normal”. The result of this is compromise and ultimately, disobedience to the commands of God to bring the first and best to Him.

Surely all of us would like to be on fire for the Lord and totally obedient. We would love for our churches to experience revival. Revived churches are made up of revived individuals, so the best way to help my church experience revival is for me to experience revival. 

Am I saying that the church is dead? No, far from it. I love what God is doing in the church and in the church where I serve, but I know that there is more. It’s time to make a move. It’s time to bring to the Lord what He deserves. Let’s look at what the Lord says through Malachi to the children of God and see how it may apply to us.

Malachi 1:6-10“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of me? says the Lordof Armies to you priests, who despise my name.” Yet you ask: “How have we despised your name?” “By presenting defiled food on my altar.” “How have we defiled you?” you ask. When you say: “The Lord’s table is contemptible.” “When you present a blind animal for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present a lame or sick animal, is it not wrong? Bring it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?” asks the Lordof Armies. “And now plead for God’s favor. Will he be gracious to us? Since this has come from your hands, will he show any of you favor?” asks the Lordof Armies. 10 “I wish one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would no longer kindle a useless fire on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lordof Armies, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. 

In verse 1 of this chapter, God tells the children of Israel “I have loved you” (past, present, continual), yet they say “HOW?” They see that they’ve been exiled from their homeland, had to surrender to other leadership and they feel abandoned. They are blaming the Lord for their troubles, rather than seeing that it has been the hand of God that has been merciful on them to keep them to this point. 

God is quick to remind them that they have fared much better than people of Edom, who saw their land destroyed. You see, there’s a great difference between discipline & destruction. God’s people were experiencing discipline and the Edomites were experiencing destruction. God’s people felt discipline, but they were blinded by their own disobedience. They couldn’t see that God continued to pursue them and give them opportunities while destroying those who did not acknowledge Him.

How were they demonstrating their disobedience? They were not bringing their first and best offerings to the altar. They were bringing lame animals and sick sacrifices. They were bringing their leftovers. It was a prime indicator of their heart. 

God challenges them through Malachi that they would not bring less than was demanded to the governor in the way of taxes or they would fear the consequences. They have lost the fear of being disobedient to God, and that is a dangerous place to be. He says that if they are going to continue in this behavior, they might as well shut the doors to the temple. This is serious business.

Is the issue any different for the church and for me in 2019? Am I bringing the Lord my leftovers in regard to my tithes and offerings? Am I bringing Him my leftovers in regard to my time? My worship? My service? My love for others? My obedience? Oh Lord, forgive me and give me another opportunity!

In order to bring Him my best, I may have to get rid of some things in my life to have better focus. What can I bring Him? Here is my list. I can bring him my…

  1. Agendas– Rather than “God I need your blessing and I need it now!”, the only expectation I bring to God is His agenda.
  2. Brokenness– Rather than pretending that life hasn’t broken me down at times, I bring my brokenness to the Potter.
  3. Family– God can and will lead and protect my family better than I can. God can help me put others’ needs before my own.
  4. Grievances– The only one who is truly hurt by my lack of forgiveness and irritations is me. It’s time to make a move.
  5. Intentionality– Who can I invest in? Who am I intentionally building Kingdom relationships with?
  6. Moldability– I must surrender my comfort zone. Every great move of God through men in history involved men getting out of their comfort zone. 
  7. Obedience– In Stewardship, if God has my wallet, He probably has the rest of me.
  8. Relationships– I need purity, accountability, and transparency in relationships.  I need to be sure I’m not compromising my standards in getting involved in relationships.
  9. Teachability– I need to let the Bible in so I can live the Bible out.
  10. Time– How much of God’s time is wasted by me? How much of God’s time is spent on “good things” with no Kingdom purpose?

For the Israelites in Malachi’s day – it was “time to make a move”. In which of these areas is it “time to make a move”?

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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