THEME: Give God His Due

PASSAGE: Malachi 1:6-14

HYMN: MHB 388 – MY SAVIOUR, how shall I proclaim.

MEMORY VERSE: Malachi 1:8 “When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.


The people in Malachi’s day gave God their leftovers. Because they had no use for a blind, lame, or sick animal, they gave it to God (1:8). But God told them that He would rather wish that they closed the doors of the temple than for them to offer these cheap sacrifices to Him (1:10).

What you give to a person determines the person’s worth to you. God is our Creator and deserves our best, not leftovers. The widow in Mark 12:42 came and gave her all while others were giving little out of the abundance they had. She gave God all she had because she valued God a lot.

The purpose of giving to God is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. God doesn’t need our money; rather, He wants what it represents: our gratitude, our priorities and our faith.

God sees what you give to Him. Jesus sitting opposite the offering box in Mark 12:40 watched how people gave to God, whether casually or carefully, grudgingly or cheerfully, the least possible or the most possible. He still does that today. He notices whether you give out of duty or as a thank-offering to One (Lord) who has given so much to you. How a Christian gives to the Lord is a real and true index of that Christian’s heart and character. David said he will not offer to God, that which costs him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).

Resolve never to give God anything less than a quality offering. God measures your offering based on your capacity as a person. Therefore, give God His due.

PRAYER: Oh Lord, Take my life and my all, I surrender them to You. Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Amen.

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