FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
GREATNESS OR BASENESS
November 5, 2017
Today’s reading: Malachi 1:14-2:10
The God we serve is the King of kings and Lord of all nations. “For a great king am I, says the Lord of hosts, and my name is feared among the nations.” (v.1:14b). As we are His people, as we are to enjoy His dominion, as we are to share in His glory, then we are destined for greatness.
But this does not just happen. We need to live according to His ways and His call. We must be what He intends us to be. And what is that? We are to be priests, kings and prophets, according to the very ministry of Jesus. Malachi refers to this three-fold mission as follows: “For a priest’s lips preserve knowledge, and instruction is to be sought from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” (v.2:7). Priests, kings and prophets speak of God and His reign, giving fit instruction to His people.
- A priest is a minister of God who speaks of His truths and helps preserve the faith.
- A king serves the great King by caring for His people and instructing them on the way of justice and peace.
- A prophet is the messenger of God who speaks on His behalf, keeping His people on the right and righteous track.
A priest helps bridge the gap between God and His people, a king prepares the people for and presents them to God, a prophet speaks on God’s behalf to His people.
- Priest: God people.
- King: God people.
- Prophet: God people.
The Christian is destined for greatness. We have a great task, being used by God in furthering and preserving His relationship with His people. “You should know that I sent you this commandment so that my covenant with Levi might endure, says the Lord of hosts.” (v.2:4). God depends on us! But with the honor and privilege comes great responsibility. “If you do not listen, and if you do not take to heart giving honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and your blessing I will curse.” (v.2:1b-2a).
To be great, the Christian is called to personally grow in holiness, and to help bring others to holiness of life. “He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and turned many away from evil.” (v.2:6b). He is to live Christ and to share Christ. He is to be a holy warrior. To fail in this or to do the opposite would not only keep one from greatness, but would be disastrous. “But you have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts. I, therefore, have made you contemptible and base before all the people” (v.2:8-9a).
So there is our choice. To be great as God’s instrument of His will, or to be damned for going against His will. It should be an obvious choice, but many Christians, in failing to realize that they are destined for greatness, end up going the other way. They thus earn condemnation for themselves and their progeny. “I will rebuke your offspring; I will spread dung on your faces” (v.2:3a).
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