(Mal 1:11 [HCSB]) “For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,” says Yahweh of Hosts.
One notable thing about living in a tropical country is all the neat plant and bug life. What is not “neat” is when that life tries to move in with us. We had a nomadic tribe of wild bees do just that. They moved into our shed in the back yard. No worries with them living there, we were leaving for over a year… When we came back those neat little guys (and one girl) moved into a crack on the side of our house behind a cactus no less. They were shielded from me and my spray. Then they started to move by the back door. I attacked… Near miss… they left for several weeks to regroup.
I am not a hunter by choice. The trouble with bees building a hive in our walls is that they bring moisture. Moisture brings mold. Mold in the tropics is common and not good for health reasons.
The laundry room started to get a strange smell… Walking in the back yard I heard those little fighter planes zipping by again. They were landing in the wall by the laundry room door. Dah, dah,,, daaaaah….
A wise older missionary warned me that “there is more meaningful work to do on the mission field then there are missionaries to do it.” I was heeded to “seek the Lord to know what to be involved in. After all it is His work and we are only graciously allowed by Him to participate.”
If one is not careful one could find themselves buzzing around from one thing to the next. If our ministry is not done with obedience then the final result will only be mold. For only what is done in obedience will stand the test of fire (1Cor 3:11-13).
Malachi 1 is a great reminder that God does not need us. Chapter 1 is mostly an admonishment to stop disobeying God who we call Lord and Father. If He is Lord and we do not obey Him then we are in disobedience. Period. In the middle of this rebuke God says His name WILL be great everywhere without His children following Him. He can and does proclaim His own Greatness to the Earth.
We need to be obedient is all we do following our king. It is not about how much buzzing we can do. It’s not about us at all. It is about God.
(1Cor 3:9 [HCSB]) For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Now the bees have moved into a fully accessible spot. I brought the test of fire at dusk in my can of bug spray. Victory at last!
Ugh… what is that ant doing on my computer screen….