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January 3, 2017, 12:37 PM

January 4, 2017

“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong?  When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong?  Try offering them to your governor!  Would he be pleased with you?  Would he accept you, says the Lord?”  Malachi 1:8

    This week, we begin our study in the book of Malachi.  The title of the study is: Complacency Exposed, A Study of the Book of Malachi.  As the title describes, we will be talking about complacency in our walk with God.  What is complacency?  One definition that comes to mind is, satisfaction without any need for improvement.  The dictionary defines it as: Self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual danger for deficiencies.  Israel, on numerous occasions, became very complacent in their relationship and worship.  Can the same be said of us today?

    Complacency usually happens over a period of time.  It sometimes even happens in ways that are very subtle and without us realizing the extent of the problem.  The Israelites, sadly led by the priests, had come to a very low point by failing to honor God, offering polluted bread on the altar and bringing lame and sick animals for sacrifice.  We can also become complacent in our worship, our prayer life and our witness.  We’ve heard the question many times before: Do we give God the best of our time, offerings and worship or does He get only the leftovers?  Far too often, God gets the smallest portion of our “busy” day.

    God has called us to a consistent and faithful relationship.  What are we giving Him?  Paul reminds us in Romans 12 that “you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service”.  As we have entered a new year, let us take inventory of our own lives.  Have we become complacent in our fellowship and service to God?  Are we truthfully giving God our absolute best in time, worship and witness?  If we gave our employers the same time and resources as we give God, would they be pleased?  In this new year, may we strive to serve God faithfully, excitedly and without hesitation as we take seriously our role as living sacrifices.  We pray that each of you experience a very blessed and prosperous 2017!

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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