The prophets are full of powerful phrases. Today, the Lord says that He desires love, not sacrifice. He desires the knowledge of God, not burnt offering. God desires for us to have a sincere, heart bases religion. Not a religion is that is first and foremost focused on what we do. It is focused on what's inside. What's inside will take care of what's outside. If the heart is based upon God, then the outside will be based upon God. If the heart is based upon one's own self, then so will the outside be.
He desire above all that we love Him with all that we have. And, if we do that, rest of our lives will go along!
New Testament Lesson
Wherever Paul went, he made an impact! Today, we see him taken and beaten once again for the faith. We see him thrown out of the temple and nearly killed. Only this intervention by the Roman government saved him. But, because of the beating, the Romans intervened. Because they intervened, he was sent to Rome. Because he was sent to Rome, the church was strengthen. Because the church was strengthen, the Gospel spread throughout Europe. Because it spread throughout Europe, many of us today are Christian.
There is no telling what God is up to in our lives. There is no telling what the things that we go through that might now make any sense to us, could be the very thing that God can use to show is love to untold numbers of people. There is no telling what God is going to do!
Jesus' primary concern was doing what He could for others. If they could not see or understand the greater good, that was because they did not see or understand. He was sent by His Father to do good, save the lost, and show God's love to all. That was His focus.
May we have the same focus and passion for doing good for others and showing God's love to all.