I had a great time face-timing Miriam a few days ago. One of the things she told me was that in her first class on Monday, she sat next to John-Luke Robertson. No one was talking to him so she did. She talked to him about normal stuff. I doubt she had any desire to ignore him and just look at her phone the whole time. That would have been rude, and it is not every day she gets the chance to meet him. He is a celebrity, someone special-and that means generally people treat him differently.
So, what if it was God she (or you and I ) sat next to and not John Luke? I am pretty sure the same rules would apply. We would not ignore Him or be on our phone, talking to friends, etc. Pretty sure we would give Him our full attention, right? Usually, I don’t recommend comparisons, but today, I do. I recommend comparing the way we treat God to the way we treat others. I recommend it because I see that Malachi did a comparison in the Scripture today.
Look at today’s verse above. Malachi is coming down hard on the Jews because their treatment of God is atrocious at this point. The offerings they are bringing are the leftovers; lame, blind or sick animals -not their best. God doesn’t like and doesn’t deserve leftovers any more than you like it when you see that listed as our dinner for the night! He deserves much better. In fact, He deserves our best. He deserves perfection. He deserves things “without blemish”. If you wouldn’t sit next to a celebrity, or the President or the governor, as Malachi points out, and ignore him or her, we should certainly not do it to God!
Of course, we are not sacrificing any animals these day here in Bear, DE or elsewhere, so how does this apply to us? For me, I think it means that when I sit down in the morning for dedicated one-on-one time with God-that I commit to that. That I am not distracted by texts coming in or look something up on the internet or respond to emails-but that I give God my FULL attention in Bible reading, prayer and Scripture memory. At least that is a start. I am not sure what it might be for you. Perhaps it is being serious about Scripture memory. Maybe it is determining a time you are committed to spending with God each day now that you have your school schedules. If you are not sure, ask God where in your life are you not giving Him your best. I am sure He will be faithful to show you and I where we can stop giving him the leftovers, and start honoring Him as we are called to do with our best!