Yesterday I asked how last year went. I am not big on resolutions. They smack too near legalism and performance rather than living by grace for my taste. However, this evening I spent some time in Malachi 2. That was not where I started, but that is where the Lord took me.
The Charge to Priests
I was challenged by Malachi 2:2. In the context the Levites have not taken their duty seriously, they have not taken it to heart. Malachi 2:7 outlines what the Lord expects of His priests. He tells them that when they do not take their responsibility to heart, He will curse them. It is not a good thing to be cursed by God.
We are Priests
As I was working through this passage several other passages came to mind, namely 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 12 and 1 Peter 2:5, 9. The import of those passages is that as believers we are all priests. It occurs to me that I need to, as the Lord tells the Levitical priests, take that to heart. I need to both pray for others 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 12, as well as pray that for myself.
Like the priests in Malachi 2, I need to honor the name of the Lord with my life. If 1 Peter 2:5, 9, is true all of us as believers are responsible to do the same.
Might be something to consider as we go forward this year.