What I Read Today:
Revelation 9-10; Acts 28; Zechariah 6-7; Psalm 56; 2 Chronicles 9; Exodus 9
Israel has been in captivity for nearly 70 years. They have been allowed to rebuild their temple and construction is now almost complete.
For some unknown reason, men approach the priests and ask, “should we worship as we have done all these years?”
It seems like a strange question. One would think that God would always want us to worship. Yet God’s response is not what you would think. In effect, what God says to the people would not be what they expected.
For centuries the Jewish people worshiped. They followed the Passover, weekly worship, sacrifices, and offerings. Yet somehow they ended up in exile, how could that be?
Somehow, the ritual had replaced the relationship.
God expects you and I to live our lives in a manner that brings glory to God. That should show itself in how we treat those around us. Unfortunately, too many think that the act of worship on Sunday covers them for the week. They fail to recognize that our relationship with God is a 24/7 living, breathing relationship.
God’s warning to the people of Israel was simple. Learn a lesson from the past. God won’t accept second place in the hearts of his people. The same goes for today. Live your life to please God. Seek ways to love the people around you, even those you don’t particularly like. Treat everyone with justice and mercy. Live out your life as if Jesus Christ was truly living inside of you.
That’s the sacrifice that our God is looking for!