"A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? sayeth the Lord of host unto you, O priests that despise my name. And ye say, wherein have we despised thy name? Malachi 1:6
OUR CHALLENGE TODAY!
Where is my honor and where is my fear? Ephesians 6:2 tells us "Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;" So many people want God's promises, but do the same so many people give to God His honor and His fear? Malachi's burden was to tell us all about this lack. This is how we despise God's name, by not giving to Him honor and fear. Proverbs 1:7 reads, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Too many times it has been, "give to us Lord so we can give to you" When really, why should we not give to Him our best with honor and fear before or even despite what He gives us, either good or bad, remember this is the creator of all life, we don't have a negotiating table or bargaining chips to present to Him. HE IS GOD! It isn't, "this for that", or "you give and I'll give", it's God that we are talking about here, give Him what he deserves. Don't wait until you receive an answer to prayer to give to Him. Don't wait until God performs a miracle in your life before you give Him praise! Don't demand that God shows His power before you show your offering. He is God, give to Him His due. Give Him praise! Praise Him and Honor Him, before He even thinks to look for it! Bless Him, give your tithes, give your first and best fruits, give Him your respect by serving His children with respect, Fear God by doing right and keeping His commands. God is the first mover and the first giver, but He doesn't have to move or to give before He can receive! Honor God with your whole heart and give to Him praise!
Render Unto God What Is God’s!