Malachi 1:8 “When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled 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 Almighty.
(1:9) “Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”–says the LORD Almighty.”
We look at one more reason why gifts that should bring blessings when given are rejected. We need to be clear that religious way of life includes giving. Each religion and denomination gives as a way of worship.
We give tithe as a sign of obedience to God. If we don’t we are cursed immediately and lose out. We give offerings as a sign of love. There are offerings that go to church and those that we informally share with the poor or give towards a project. Offerings include sacrifices, money, time, and even fasting is an offering. While tithe is brought as duty, offering is brought as a gift. Tithe is accepted if it is exact. Offering is accepted under certain conditions.
Tithe and offering can be rejected if the giver is on complaint, murmuring, non cheerful mode. God loves a cheerful giver. Offering can be rejected if it is less than what was committed. Remember Ananias and Saphira died for giving less than they committed. Giving can be rejected if it doesn’t follow God’s will and instructions. Remember Cain’s rejected offering. Gifts can be rejected!
Offerings can be rejected if though much, but it has not cost the giver anything, it’s not a sacrifice. It’s never about the amount. Jesus dismissed those who gave big sums but it was too little compared to what they remained with. Giving must include sacrifice. The giver must feel a pinch if it is sacrificial. If the giver hasn’t felt a pinch of what they give, the amount doesn’t matter, it is not a sacrifice. Jesus praised the lady who gave least but most sacrificially for it was her all. Gifts can be rejected!
Our text today is concerned about giving your worst, your rejects. It clearly states that, we shouldn’t expect any divine favors if we give rejected gifts. Giving things you don’t need is giving your worst. Those are rejected gifts. Giving food you don’t eat. Giving clothes and shoes which are old, out of fashion, fading, torn. Giving lose unplanned monies. Giving poorly rehearsed songs and sermons. Giving half service to Jesus. Showing more commitment to your family and business than to the LORD. All these are rejected gifts!
When you give what you don’t need or what isn’t good for you, that gift is rejected by God. God demands the best or nothing! God gave His only begotten son and not a miscellaneous angel. God asked Abraham to give his only beloved son, not a servant. God takes the best or nothing! If the gift is not the best, it is rejected. Gifts can be rejected and blessings lost!
Let us give our best. Feel like giving clothes? Buy clothes and give, or your current best, not your rejects! Whatever you give to the poor, you give God! Don’t give God rejected goods and services.
Malachi 1:9 asks a critical question. Would God bless and favor you if you give rejected gifts? Your earthly Governor would not accept a gift you give God. We give God less than we give human beings. Then we foolishly wait for blessings from God? Rejected gifts will block divine blessings from coming our way!
May God guide and enable us to give an exact tithe when it is due. May God guide us to give a costly offering that will not be rejected. May God forgive us for rejected gifts we have been giving. May we be blessed us, as we give ourselves, our time and our resources, in Jesus name. Amen!
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