Recently I have been doing some study in the book Malachi while at the same time God has been showing me things about commitment and giving your very best. It is surprising how much we think about quantity of service when God really cares about quality.
God opens up Malachi chapter 1 describing His love for Israel. Then immediately He turns the attention to the relationship between Himself and His people. Two terms in chapter 1 describe that relationship. The first is "Father" and the second is "Master". Not only in the book of Malachi do we see these two terms but they are used to describe that relationship throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Scripture says he is our Heavenly Father. One of the New Testament revelations is that God is the Father of individuals. 245 times in the New Testament the term Father is used to describe the relationship between God and His people. As a Father He gives His children grace and peace. James 1:17 tells us that He gives His children good gifts. But often overlooked, our Heavenly Father gives us guidance and direction. So our Heavenly Father is a Grace Giver, A wonderful Gift Giver, and the Guider of life.
Have you experienced His wonderful grace, the gifts of His love and direction?
Scripture also refers to God as Master. The word Master gives the idea of ownership. In 2 Peter 2:1 the term for Lord is can be translated as Master. It is a term that designates ownership. God is addressed as Master in Luke 2:29. Peter and those with him call him Master in Acts 4:24, and the martyrs in heaven use the same term in Revelation 6:10. Let me ask you is He master over your life?
If He is Father and Master, do we act accordingly? Verse 6 of Malachi 1 says:
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ [The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Mal 1:6.]
The priests referred to in this passage were not very honorable or fearful of the Lord. We will talk more about that in the days to come. But for now, if you call Him Lord and Savior, do your actions reflect your words?