Malachi, whose name means “messenger”, came with the oracle or burden of the Lord. What was God’s burden to His people of Malachi’s day? Wholehearted worship that leads nations to Him – this is His great desire (Mal 1:11).
The people had returned from exile and had a form of godliness but were denying the power. They looked good but were quick to make small compromises and dilute true worship.
As we return to life amidst the pandemic, Jesus is looking for whole-hearted, pure worship from every man, woman, and child. How we seek Him, give to Him, walk in relational faithfulness, serve Him and others, embody Biblical justice, and find our deepest satisfaction in devotion to Him… these are the things Jesus is after.
This is His inheritance within us. Will He have it in you?
1:1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4 If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.’” 5 Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!”