“‘…if you do not set your heart to honor My name, ‘ says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor Me.” Malachi 2:2
It needs to be about Him. In Malachi’s day the priests who made sacrifices and represented God to the people were living in a place where God couldn’t bless them. They were sacrificing their lame and blind animals to God, and saving the good ones for themselves. Their lives were very religious, but it was all self centered instead of God honoring.
God loves us and wants to bless us, but our lives won’t work right if they are about us. Jesus taught us to pray first, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed (honored) be Thy Name,” and then to pray “give us this day our daily bread.” When we set our hearts to honor God and re-orient our lives around this theme, a huge weight comes off of us.
It no longer matters how we appear to others but only how He appears through us. We no longer have a mortgage or a car payment, everything belongs to Him, so we trust Him to help us fulfill obligations we have made. If we do our best and fail, it’s fine, because it’s about His success which often looks very different than ours.
We were created to be second, not first. Our sin nature is such that we easily put ourselves first without even thinking about it, which is why we often need to reset our hearts to honor Him. We do it by sincere prayer: “Father, honor Your Name through Me. May Your kingdom advance (not mine), may Your will be done (not mine), for Yours (not mine) is the kingdom, power, and glory forever.”
You may think that you lose all sense of yourself by setting your heart to honor God, but the opposite is true. Jesus said that whoever loses their life for His sake, will end up finding it. We were made to honor God so when we aim to do it, everything feels right.