December 3

Malachi 3:1-4

“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.” vs. 3

When the people of Israel returned to Jerusalem after their time of captivity in Babylon they began the hard work of rebuilding the temple…it wasn’t easy and took some time. When the construction was done, one thing remained…they needed uncorrupted priests and Levites to run the place. The prophet prays that the Lord would send a messenger to act as a refiner’s fire and purify those charged with offering sacrifices. It’s a story that has been repeated again and again in the history of God’s people. Just having warm-bodied persons to lead and participate in worship isn’t enough…what the Lord requires is holy hearts and hands. Consequently the Church has been in constant need of purification in every place and in every season. Advent provides the perfect setting for the meditation and repentance that brings holiness in our daily living. We’re reminded of messengers like John the Baptist who came announcing the coming of the kingdom and calling for change. Those with a yearning to live as God intends will use these days to reflect on the purity of their speech and actions…and boldly resolve to always speak the truth and do what is right.

Thought for the Day: What is the purpose of Advent?

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