God Has Very Important Questions for You!
6 A son honors his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father, where is the honor due me? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, “How have we despised your name?” 7 By offering polluted food on my altar. And you say, “How have we polluted it?” By thinking that the Lord’s table may be despised. Malachi 1:6-7
Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
· God’s Altar Is The [CROSS OF JESUS] !
10 We have an ALTAR from which those who officiate in the tent have no right to eat. 11 …. 12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by his own blood. Heb 13:10-12
24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25
· You’re Priestly Services are [SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES] !
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
1. On the Cross You Sacrifice Your [LIVING SELF]
15Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:15-16
2. On the Cross You Sacrifice What You [SAY]
3. On the Cross You Sacrifice What You [GIVE]
4. On the Cross You Sacrifice What You [DO]
· Sacrifices That Honor and Respect God Must be [YOUR VERY BEST OFFERINGS] !
7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. Philippians 3:7-9
You Haven’t Given Your Best Until You
1. Lose Everything [BECAUSE OF JESUS]
2. Regard Knowing Jesus as the [VALUE THAT SURPASSES EVERYTHING]
3. Consider that Loss To Know Christ as [RUBBISH]
4. Do What is Right Through [FAITH IN JESUS]
GOD’S MOST SOLEMN WARNINGS TO HIS PRIESTS
O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse on you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 I will rebuke your offspring, and spread refuse on your faces, the wastes of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence. Malachi 2:1-3