God Asks, ‘Where is the Honor Due Me?’

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Using the language of his times, the prophet Malachi spoke words from the mind of God to His people. God asked this question, “‘A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?’ says the LORD Almighty” (Malachi 1:6a). Malachi goes on to deal with the degeneration of Old Testament worship among his people.

Today, many people fail to honor our Lord. Some mock Him and disrespect Him openly. Others simply fail to give God the honor He is due. He is the loving Creator who cares for us like the ideal human father should. He is the Lord (which means master). In his Lordship, our God watches over us and directs us. If we follow his directions, then our lives will be filled with joy.

Are you honoring God with how you conduct your life (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Proverbs 3:9)? Are you honoring God by attending worship as you should (Hebrews 10:24-25; Psalm 122:1; Psalm 84:4)? 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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