For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.
by: Paula Davis.
God desires that we bring our best to Him. He deserves it because He is the greatest being that has ever existed. In Malachi’s time, when the best sacrifice was held back from the altar and a lesser animal offered in its place, atonement could not be made, and no blessing could be given—in fact, a curse could be expected instead (v.14). When we hold back the best of our lives from the Lord, we keep His name from being fully glorified in our lives and may miss the blessing He has waiting for us. Let us bring our best to the Lord today and make His name great among those we encounter.