Ready for the coming King?
As I was searching the internet for something else, I came across this piece by Nate Sawyer, youth pastor at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina. It seems appropriate for this month and better than I would do. So, with his permission, here is a meditation based on Malachi 3:1-4.
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
The prophet Malachi gives us another foretelling of Jesus coming, he tells of a coming messenger that we will delight in. But then he asks us in verse 2, “Who can endure the day of his coming, who can stand when he appears?” Who is ready for him? When he does come what will happen? In verse 3 and 4 we are told that he will refine us, purify us and wash us like soap. This makes me think of Kristin and I as new parents. We’re protective of our beautiful joy Layla Rae. We’ve had lots of visitors and everyone wants to touch and hold our cute little baby so what do we do? We ask everyone to wash their hands or rub on instant hand sanitizer before they can hold her. I’m obviously partial, but I think it’s a worthwhile request for such a reward. Malachi tells us that we need to be purified, washed, and refined so we can make an offering to the coming king, so that we can be pleasing to the Lord. How do we do this to be ready for Him? We repent; we get rid of the things in our life that are unpleasant to the Lord so that we can be pleasant to Him. Get rid of things that keep us from worshipping Him. God please wash us, instant hand sanitizer us!
Question: What are some things in your life that need hand washing, that you need to repent of?
Contributed by Wilbur Wood, West Hills Friends