|“A son honors his father and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am the master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. –Malachi 1:6
As I was reading the book of Malachi, I thought about the history of the Israelites and how far God brought them. An excerpt in my Bible says that “success has dangers of its own.” Have you ever noticed that before people receive a big blessing from God, they worship and serve him incessantly, but after he blesses them, they start to slack off and their spiritual life begins to deteriorate. I use the pronoun “they”, but I am referring to you and I.
Whenever we are looking up to God for one thing or the other, we live righteously and become extremely spiritual and our faith is built up through those difficulties. As soon as we are delivered or blessed, we begin to idolize the blessing, and by so doing we forsake our first love. How do you think that makes God feel? Put yourself in his shoes; how would you feel if people only befriended you because of what you could do for them? Your so-called friends called you and visited whenever they wanted something, but as soon as you gave it to them, you never heard from them again. When they wanted something else a while later, they came back and the cycle just continued on. Wouldn’t you get to a point when you get fed up and just turn them away forever?
Have you ever wondered if your behavior towards God warrants his mercies? Have you ever imagined what would happen if God ever decided that he had enough? Have you realized that just as quickly as God gives, he can take away as well?
God doesn’t want lukewarm worshippers. You may try to convince yourself that you are good because you are not committing blatant sins like some other people in the world, but I am here to tell you that your sin hurts God just as much because he considers you his child. If he is your father, where is the honor and unconditional love and worship due him?
Stay blessed and spread the word.