By: Holly Reimer
Malachi 3. 1-4
Reflection—v. 3, ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier’
When we think of preparing for something, we frequently think of making sure we have all the things we will need for the event and buying what we don’t have. But perhaps this Advent season we are being called to let go of some things. Refining, especially as it relates to gold, is a process of removing impurities. There are certainly some impurities in my life that can be removed to refine me. We are all a work in progress. It doesn’t matter how often we read the Bible or go to church, we are constantly in need of work and refining. We live in a culture of consumption, so letting go can seem counter-intuitive, but God’s refining is always at work in our lives and calls us to remove what we don’t need so that we may be more open to loving and being loved. What are the things that need to be refined in our life—our growing edges, things in our personality that we want to cultivate or snip away? What do we need to remove and purify so that we can live a life that draws us ever closer to God?
Prayer Lord, you know there are things in my life that are keeping me from being closer to you. Purify me. Help me know that I am beloved, even with less.