A Tale of Three Cats, Part 1: Lili

Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

Malachi 1:7, 10 

A Tale of Three Cats
Part One – Lili

Lili is a beautiful cat - perfect in form and well-behaved. But she seems to me to be a cross between a cat and a rich teenage girl. She doesn't come around much, unless there's something of interest. Usually when I try to pet her, she shies away with an "Ewww!" expression on her face. (Ironically, her full name, Lili Koi, means "passion fruit").

When we are in a worship service, or have an opportunity to spend time with God, do we sometimes behave like Lili? Do we ever draw near to God, just to be with Him? Or do we shy away when God calls us to intimacy?

In the verses above, God confronts the priesthood for treating the service of God lightly, even with contempt. They followed the rules, but there was no life in their rituals. God was not pleased.

The Christian life is not a set of rules, or even wise principles. It is a relationship with the One who gave His life so that He could be near to us, and we to Him.

Let us remind ourselves that God is our Father, who loves us dearly. He does not need anything, but greatly desires intimate fellowship with us.