Godly Obedience and Worldly Sacrifices
“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” (First Samuel
What do you have to offer God? Your
godly obedience or your worldly sacrifices. God requires your undivided
obedience. Your obedience is better than your sacrifices to God. Today let’s
examine or hear what God says about sin, sacrifice and obedience. As we look
around in the world we live in today we clearly see the cause and effect of
sin. But God has an answer to the deplorable conditions of our dwelling place
called planet earth. He has the answer to the plight that the entire world
faces today. That plight is willful disobedience. That answer is Christ Jesus.
Bible tells us in Second Timothy 3:1-5, “This
know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For
men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,without natural
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God;
a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
We are living in
such a time today where sin is rampant in the whole world. We see the effects
of disobedience to God everywhere you look, from the wars in Afghanistan and
to gang warfare in the streets of America. We see corruption and evil
doings in high places from the federal to the state to the local governments.
We hear of immoral and unethical acts by our community leaders from the school
house principals, teachers, parents, mothers and fathers to church pastors and
law enforcement officers. We all suffer, sinners and saints alike, from the
effects of sin, from the effects of lawlessness, from the effects of
unrighteousness, from the effects of disobedience to God’s commandments.
Bible tells us that, “For the wages of
sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus”
(Romans 6:23). God’s blessings do not come
by way of a sinful lifestyle. You’ve got to live right to receive God’s
blessings. You’ve got to walk right. God’s peace and salvation does not come on
our own terms, by our own doings or by the works of own righteousness. The
Bible tells us that, “For by grace are ye
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians
Because man has sinned, God requires a blood sacrifice. Even at the
outset in the Garden of Eden God required a blood sacrifice. When Adam and Eve
sinned, and found themselves naked before God, they attempted to cover their
nakedness with fig leaves but God required a blood sacrifice to cover their
nakedness due to their sin.
provided them tunics of skin for clothing. Animals were sacrificed to pay the
penalty for their sin—to cover their nakedness and shame due to disobedience.
Man still seeks to provide his own covering, his own sacrifices for the effects
of sin. Man still offers his own sacrifices to appease God, to no avail.
Because of son, man is at war with God and God is angry at the wickedness of
man every day.
cannot live good enough to offer what God requires for breaking of peace
between Him and man. Only the sacrificial Lamb of God can appease an angry God,
a Holy God for what man has brought upon himself through willful disobedience.
Money won’t work; education won’t work; social status won’t work; and political
clout and power won’t work for the sacrifice required by a Holy God. “Not by might nor by power, but by my
spirit,” says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). The Bible tells us that obedience
is better than sacrifices. In the Old Testament before the coming of the
Messiah, God allowed the sacrifices of animals as atonement, as a symbolic
propitiation or covering for the sins committed by His people until the
fulfillment of the Law by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ—by the shedding
of His precious blood.
can now enter the holy of holies by the accomplished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary—the atonement for our sins. We can receive the
forgiveness of our sins if we obey the voice of the Lord. If we would heed his
calling, “Behold, I stand at the door,
and knock: if any man hears my voice, and will open the door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with him, and he with me, Jesus said (Revelation 3:20). I
want to know today if you are willing to accept the sacrifice offered at Calvary for you and me and for the sins of the world or
will you attempt to appease an angry God by your dead works and by your
reminded of a story in the Bible where King Saul thought he could have it his
way and do things on his terms when God commanded him to do His will. How many
of us are like Saul today who want to hear part of what God says and to come to
God on our own terms when He requires us to give him our undivided obedience.
want to caution you, to warn you, to inform you that we all have been commanded
by God to obey His word just as He required it of Saul. God has commanded us to
kill that whore mongering demon, to kill that lying demon, to kill that
gossiping demon, to kill that lust demon, to kill that prideful demon, to kill that
slothful demon, to kill that excuse-making demon, to kill that ignorant demon,
to kill that complacency demon, to kill that mediocrity demon, to kill that
fear demon, to kill that gluttony demon, to kill that self-righteous demon, to
kill that doubting demon.
don’t have a sacrifice good enough to atone for our sins. Our prayer time is
not enough, our tithes and offerings are not enough, our will power and smooth
words are not enough. First John 1:9 says, “If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Remember, your godly obedience is
better than worldly sacrifice.
Bishop R. McPherson, Ed. D.
Faith Christian Temple Church