Christianity is more than a sustained effort at living a moral life. The union with Christ is at the center of the whole of a Christian life. How then can we taste and savor the freedom and joy of such a life?
“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. …” (Malachi 4:2)
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“Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name”. (Malachi 3:16)
We saw last time that the book of Malachi speaks directly to us today. Believers in Malachi’s day faced the challenges. They were disappointment with leaders, they had disruption to worship, and there was a growing coldness of heart toward God. But through all of this, there were some who remained faithful. Malachi describes them as “those who feared the Lord.” He tells us what they did: “Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another.”
Over the last year many of you have endured hardship and loss with faith and with fortitude. You have shown the genuineness of your faith by persevering in your commitment to Christ and to His church. You have accommodated the unusual circumstances of these days, you have put the needs and feelings of others above your own preferences, and you have shown patience with what is less than ideal. In all of this you have honoured the Lord and reflected the beauty of Jesus. So, thank you!
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
“You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the LORD will choose. Be careful to do everything they direct you to do. Act according to the law they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left.” (Deuteronomy 17:10-11)
We can reflect at the past year and dwell in all its difficulties and challenges like we never experienced before, or we can look forward to a life filled with promises. What are you going to live for? What are you going to pursue in 2021?