Malachi 2:1-2 – “And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, say the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you did not lay it to heart. “
One of the duties of the priests is to honor God by leading the people in heartfelt instruction. The priests were just going through the ritual motions and leading the people astray lacking a love for God in their hearts. This is a command of the priests which God takes seriously and will curse them in the abandonment of their duties.
We are priests in the new covenant through the sacrificial atoning work of Jesus. As such we are called to fear God and honor Him. Jesus’ last words before his ascension is the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey the commands he has given. This is our command to fear God and share the love of Christ with all and disciple others. We must not simply do church or think this is the pastor’s job. When we consider the gospel and the enormity of the love God showed us, our change in heart can only compel us to love others with the Good News of the gospel of Jesus.
Thank you for the love, grace and mercy you have for us. Let your Spirit guide me to fear you, love you and love others enough to share you gospel in a winsome way.