As valuable as experiences are, we don’t always know what to do with them apart from teaching. The Bible contains a lot of teaching, a lot of teachers, and a lot of exhortations for teachers. We know that a good teacher can really change your life, but so can a bad one—they can teach you some things you’ve got to spend the rest of your life unlearning.
God’s leaders are to be examples. Yet in Malachi 1:6–14, God rebukes the priests, asking over and over how it is that they’ve forgotten who he is. God looks down at their tithes and offerings and says, “This isn¹t just cheap; this is evil.” What is God saying when he looks at us?
The book of Malachi closes the Old Testament canon with an illustration of what Israel has become—children who have been placed on the Father’s lap only to slap him in the face. But God, though his messenger Malachi, seeks to plead with the weak links in the chain of faith. And today, each of us is being asked the question, what type of legacy do we want to leave behind?
If you could have anyone’s car, home, abilities, physical appearance, spouse, or life, whose would you have? If you answered, what was just awakened in you is coveting—an ungodly, discontented desire for what’s not ours. If you answered, you’re a coveter; if you didn’t, you’re a liar. How do we come to want what God wants for us?
A lie is two things: saying what is untrue or not saying all that is true. When we lie about others, we’re saying we’re OK with benefitting at their expense because we’re more important than them. And once that lie is released, the truth can never be regained for them.
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