Only Your Best

Series: World Changing Words

Only Your Best

September 20, 2020 | David Turner

Passage: Malachi 1:6-14, Malachi 3:6-12

Ancient societies were honor communities. They recognized the critical value roles play in sustaining and developing human groups. Your individual identity was connected to your role and respect was accorded based on how you fulfilled these obligations. 

Anyone in these roles owes certain things to the other person, not only because of their individual characteristics but due to the importance of the role to the general welfare. If employer/employee or parent/child roles break down, then chaos ensues, both economic and familial. 

Now God is the ultimate role player! He is the Father of every living creature and the master of all things seen and unseen. Without Him, life is literally impossible and inconceivable. 

Series Information

In any renovation project there are phases. Deconstruction first, followed by construction. Removal and tearing down, then addition and building up.

The life of the disciple, and the life of the blessed community of faith, also has these same movements. Critical evaluation and repentance are followed by growth and renewal. An honest look, and full ownership, of our shortcomings, can be followed by fresh development and new virtues.

This season we are studying the Old Testament prophets. God called them to the necessary and difficult task of pointing out the things in Israel’s life that needed to be removed, torn down, and deconstructed. In poetry and prose they identified and called out injustices and hypocrisy and unfaithfulness—but always with the purpose of making possible righteousness, authenticity, and true faithfulness.

It takes courage to look at our individual and corporate areas of struggle and rebellion. But every strong enterprise, whether religious, economic, political, or educational, must do evaluation honestly and well, to avoid stagnation and decline and to achieve potential.

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