See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But 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 fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. 6For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. 7Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, “How shall we return?” (Malachi 3:1-7, NRSV)
I did a photo search for messenger and I got a lot of icons for Facebook Messenger and bags… Not really the messengers I was looking for.
Who is God’s messenger?
Well, you are and God is preparing you to go and to give the message of love, mercy, and grace to the world. And how is God preparing you?
God is preparing you as a refiner of silver refines silver. And that is done as the refiner watches the silver in the fire and knows it is ready when the refiner can see their reflection in the silver.
When God sees God reflected in you, then you are ready.
So go and be the messenger of hope for the world.