Devotions for March 13, 2015

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This devotional was first published during our “Malachi: 1:1-5” sermon. To watch the flashback sermon, find our archive here:

Malachi 1:1-5

This is the message that the Lord gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi.

2 “I have always loved you,” says the Lord.

But you retort, “Really? How have you loved us?”

And the Lord replies, “This is how I showed my love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, 3 but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau’s inheritance into a desert for jackals.”

4 Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”

But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom the Lord Is Forever Angry.’ 5 When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, the Lord’s greatness reaches far beyond Israel’s borders!’”

Romans 12:1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


Q: Merriam-Webster defines as ‘adoring reverence or regard.’ How do you define worship? Is it something that is reserved for God alone, or is your worship reserved for whatever you deem important for the moment? Can you worship more than one thing? How are you responsible for what and how you worship?

Q: How often does the object of you worship change? Is it dependent on your emotions, finances, or social status? If worship has to do with your heart’s orientation, how does your life, and what you worship, reflect your response to what God has done for you?



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