“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, 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 fuller’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.” Malachi 3:1-3
Jesus has come to refine and purify us. While He shows us great compassion, mercy, and grace, let us not mistake this for weakness. Those who choose to follow Him have a very high calling. To be holy, as He is holy. To walk in a manner worthy of our Lord of glory. To worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The commands we are to follow are too much for us on our own. On this earth we continually wage a battle between our sinful human nature and the nature of the Spirit of God within us. But we aren’t alone in this fight. Our God is for us and fights with us. We walk in His strength, and it is by our faith in Him that we are able to walk victoriously (1 John 5:3-5).
When we know Christ, as we grow in our relationship with Him, it is impossible for us to hide our sin. As the Light, He reveals it all. And He is not content to leave us as we are—He wants more for us. Our Lord desires abundant life and joy and peace and truth to reign in us. So He faithfully works to refine and purify us. Making us like Him. A daily renewal that draw us closer to His side and opens our eyes more and more to the hope we have in Him.
In John 4, we read the account of Jesus speaking with a Samaritan woman. During their conversation, He makes the statement that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him”(John 4:23). As Jesus does His work of refining our faith and purifying our lives, the result is true unadulterated worship. Self-righteousness and hypocrisy no longer hinder us from sincerely coming before our God in praise and surrender. Instead, we shed the masks and pride, and we humbly offer ourselves. We seek His face and pray for His Spirit to envelop us in His presence, to open our eyes and reveal any piece of our hearts that is grievous to Him. We bring offerings in righteousness because they are not tainted with ourselves, how we want to appear or what we want to accomplish. They are simply brought to our King out of love and devotion.
Today, let us draw near to our Savior. Let us allow Him to do today’s work of refining and purifying us, so that we will reflect His light and beauty to a dark world. Let us shine like the stars of heaven, for the Lord of glory lives within us.