Sullied Sacrifices

Imagine your loved one giving you a Christmas gift that looked as though it took him or her three minutes to throw together. There was no effort put into getting your gift, no cost or value, no sacrifice of time or resources. Now if it’s your two-year old child doing so, that is cute and heart-warming. If it is your spouse, then you’d be in a heap of trouble.

So why do we give such ungrateful gifts to the Lord our God? Why do we give Jesus the scraps from our table when we’re finished with the day? In some cases, we don’t even do that. The reason is we don’t love our Lord enough. We express our love to one another in the sacrifices we make for each other. To do otherwise is to be guilty of the same sullied sacrifices for which the Prophet Malachi confronted Israel:

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Every Need Met

every need metSo Christmas is over and the new year is just around the corner. Depending on your financial situation, you may not have had the kind of Christmas you had hoped for and the new year doesn’t look anymore promising. While it’s been a while since I’ve experienced that feeling, I do know that it can be debilitating and make you feel defeated. Circumstances in your life may in fact not be ideal, but perhaps your ideals about your life need refocusing. Let us look through the eyes of the Apostle Paul for a different perspective:

    “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:10-13)

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Repaying Great Favors With Ingratitude

If I was Moses I think I may have quit the job of leader of Israel? Why? Because at times they were nothing but a bunch of ingrates. The Israelites grumbled about being taken out of captivity, they grumbled about being delivered by God, they even grumbled about the food God provided them in the wilderness. Nothing will wear you down faster than the ingratitude of those you love and are trying to lead. It takes a special man like Moses to lead a complaining nation. Here’s just a taste of Israel’s ingratitude:

    “And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, ‘We will not come up! Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us? Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!’” (Numbers 16:12-14)

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