“The lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble…So I also have made you despised…just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality.” – Malachi 2:7-9 NASB
The people of God have a special responsibility. We may look like other people and share the same human nature. But we are set apart because of our relationship with the Lord. We are His representatives, the vessels through whom He speaks, citizens of His Kingdom, disciples of Jesus.
This means we must be careful about our words and actions. Because we are identified with Him, we face special scrutiny. Others examine our lives, wondering what we will do and say. We also face the scrutiny of God Himself. He honors faithful representatives, but warns and disciplines those who are not.
To this end, Malachi reminded the priests that they were God’s messengers. A leader is expected to live in such a way that others “should seek instruction from his mouth.” When they spoke, others should sense God-inspired revelation and God-centered wisdom.
But some were poor representatives. They had “turned aside from the way” and “caused many to stumble.” They had been “showing partiality,” acting in ways that would benefit themselves. To God, these actions were intolerable, and He warned that they would face judgment.
Yet God also revealed how much He wanted to bless them. He wanted to open “the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” But these blessings only were possible for those who submitted their lives to Him, served Him faithfully, and brought “the whole tithe into the storehouse” (3:10).
Today, remember that you are God’s representative. Seek to be a faithful servant, a worthy representative, and a true example of His Kingdom.
PrayerFather, I surrender my time, talent, and treasure to You. Use me to impact lives for Your Kingdom. Thank You for the privilege of being Your child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingMalachi 2