The Book of Malachi; Chapter 3
I was reading through this chapter a few minutes ago and something struck me. In verses 2-4 God is speaking about the “refining” that will happen. Specifically, it refers to the Levites being refined as silver. Y’all, this is talking about us. That’s what hit me so hard. The Levites were the priests for the Israelites, and we are all considered the priests for this world. In fact, the Church is referred to as the priesthood of believers. The refining that takes place is the Holy Spirit working in the lives of the believers, leading, teaching, convicting, and prompting us to do the work of God. We are being refined. Let me put this a different way. This Scripture is talking about You. You are being refined. The Holy Spirit is working in you even as you are reading this.
As you go about your day and work with people, when you feel the prompting from the Holy Spirit to witness to someone or invite them to come and join the family at church, that’s part of being refined. When we sin and feel convicted, that is us being refined. So, what is this refining leading to? Well the fancy word for it is sanctification, but let’s break that down. Essentially, you are being made holy, the ultimate result of being made holy is that you have placed God at the center of your life and everything that you do is now for him. Take a second and let that sink in. That’s what God is doing for you right now. Take some time today and open yourself up to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, open yourself up to the refining. You’ll be surprised at where God takes you.
Pastor Alex Gebert
Crossroads Wesleyan Church