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Walk to Jerusalem

While preparing for the High School Retreat a few weeks ago, our topic was, “Who do you want to be.”  The scripture we observed was Malachi, and as I was studying a few commentaries on Malachi 1:1-16, I realized how beneficial these scriptures are to all of us as we walk on our faith journey. 

7“By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 1:7-8

When life becomes so busy, we forget that God deserves more than just our left overs.  A great example of this is when; you invite someone over to your house for dinner.  You would never offer them two week old pasta, you would make something fresh, and put time into the presentation, because you want to show them that they are significant, and that they are worthy of a fresh meal.

Many of our youth talk about their friends who tell them, “Christians are hypocrites, why do I want to be a part of Christianity,” and the youth always ask me, “Sarah how do I respond to this.”  That is a question that always is very hard for me to answer.  I felt that Malachi really embraces this idea that we are broken people, but if we strive to be like Christ daily in small ways, then maybe our pride would not so easily take over.  It is so easy for us to slip into hypocrisy in our own lives, especially in ministry.  Whenever there is a discrepancy between what we believe and how we are actually living, is many times hard to avoid.  God truly desires a living, and genuine faith in which our daily living is closely bound to the faith we profess.  Unaddressed sin seems to keep us stuck in hypocrisy, but coming to the light and sharing it with others sets us free.

I can’t tell you how many times in my life that I have given God my left overs, especially in ministry.  I reason that since I am always reading the bible for other people or planning lessons for youth group, that is enough.  It is not sincere, and through reading this scripture it has convicted me to truly treat God as if he were the “Governor”, and number one priority in my life.

Spiritual Disciplines have become such a large part of my life recently in revitalizing my faith.  Last night in my spiritual formation class we learned about Labyrinths.  How in ancient times they always talked about your spiritual journey as if it was a walk to Jerusalem, but through the years the trip to Jerusalem became longer and longer, and more and more dangerous, so they began creating symbolism for your Journey to Jerusalem.   When you enter into the Labyrinth, there are many ways to use this tool, but one way is to ask God to show himself, in order that you can feel his presence, and then you can take that experience into your daily life as you go through this journey.  When you feel God’s presence it is easier to praise him, and if we find ways to aid our spiritual formation through spiritual disciplines as this, it can become easier to not fall into that hypocrisy, or to show Christ through your actions. 

As I sit and watch youtube videos, since that is the way to a High Schoolers heart (ha), I found this clip about a young man who was convicted, by such a small act that made such an impact in his life.

May this young man’s story, inspire you on your walk to Jerusalem.    

Posted by Sarah Hostetter at 6:00 AM
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