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It's Really about Worship (7 of 10)
Series: Going through the Motions
Tonight, we continue our series through Malachi's prophecy. As we've studied this OT book, we've seen that the people of God are just Going Through The Motions. And it affects everything they do. It affects their families, friendships, financial positions, and their faith. In Malachi 3:6-12 we see it affects their obedience to God. READ TEXT
I need to make a confession. I've always thought that Malachi 3 was about tithing; about money; about giving. In fact, I've preached a three-part series on Malachi 3:8-12 entitled, God's Guidelines for Giving. But as I studied this passage in the larger context of the book of Malachi I came to a striking discovery. The people's lack of giving wasn't a financial issue, It's Really About Worship.
Indeed, this isn't about your wallet or purse, it's about your heart. And Jesus says, ''Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.'' Now, one of the most practical and tangible ways our hearts are revealed is through our giving. But we could argue all day about tithing; but in the end, it's really bout worship.
*How would you feel if you wen to the doctor and he told you that you had an infection. Because of all of the wonderful pollen taking residence in your ears, nose, throat, and lungs, you've developed a sinus infection. Your head is pounding, your throat is sore, your ears are stopped up, you're miserable. Then, what if the doctor said, ''OK, for your headache here's a Goody's power. For your throat, here's a cough drop and some cough medicine. And some ear drops for your ears. That should help you feel a bit better.'' What kind of doctor would that be? He would be a fired doctor as far as I'm concerned! Because your headache, sore throat, and stopped up ears are only symptoms of a deeper problem. They reveal that there's a bacterial infection. You can't just treat the symptoms, you have to ...
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