Bringing The Very Best!
How would you approach an interview with a prospective employer for a job you really wanted, an important meeting with your boss, or an opportunity to meet your state’s governor, representative in Congress, or the president of the United States? No matter how you felt about those people at the time, my guess is you would probably give thought to your appearance, how you would handle yourself, and what you would say. Like me, you would be prepared before stepping into the presence of someone that important.
The Old Testament book of Malachi shares a complaint against the Jewish priests of that day. They were bringing “blemished” sacrifices to be offered to God in the Temple worship, instead of bringing the very best the people had to offer God. “‘Try presenting that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show favor?’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:8b, NRSV). Ouch!
Too often we’re guilty of bringing something less than our best energy, attitude, and effort when we come into our holy God’s presence. If you and I made the same kind of presentation to a perspective employer, a prospective client, or an important government official…would they “be pleased…or show favor?” Probably not.
How often do we actually stop and think about entering into a time of personal or congregational worship, before we actually do so? How often do we prepare to bring our very best appearance, effort, and offering to God?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some work to do. See you Sunday!
Preparing to be in God’s Presence,