favor – act of kindness, good deed, help, aid
Have you ever felt like you were “doing God a favor?” Like He should be content that at least you did A and B, even though you didn’t do C like He instructed?
Tell the truth – there was a day when showing up at church on a non-holiday was a major accomplishment for you, and you felt like God should be completely satisfied now that you’d “checked the box” for the year. As if your mere presence would be considered the greatest gift since sliced bread. As if He didn’t desire to bless you for coming to learn His character, to be strengthened and challenged by His Word, and to fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ. As if you wouldn’t grow, develop, and mature the more you were exposed to the truth of His Word. As if it was all about your comfort and pleasure, instead of you glorifying, serving, and worshipping Him with your life. As if.
I am convinced that God doesn’t need my help; He requires my obedience. And that’s better than any sacrifice I can offer as an alternative, substitution, or replacement for what He asks of me. Even when it’s hard on my flesh. Especially when it’s hard on my flesh. Are you listening to His voice? Let Him work in you…
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
(I Samuel 15:22)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
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