Offerings and Service cannot replace Relationship!

Micah 6: 6-7

With what shall I come before the Lord, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Memory Verse: Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Psalm 40:6.

It’s quite easy to get carried away not only in the case of misplaced priorities but because as human beings, we tend to generally have so much regard for what we see. This has not only resulted to men-pleasing and worshipping but has also lead to our inability to build and maintain a solid relationship with God. After all, we are aware two heads cannot wear one crown!

Not knowing God at all and knowing Him but not understanding what’s important to Him makes it almost impossible to live in line with His will for our lives. We could be hearing what God has said to another and unintentionally model our lives after them which may mean we make a lot of earthy gains and receive a lot of human approvals, yet we fail ourselves and God because that action is simply walking in another man’s God given purpose.

Having a relationship with God means valuing His opinion in all areas of our lives. When we intend to do anything, we ask Him and get His direction or when He speaks to us, we listen. A few of those in the scriptures who bolstered a relationship with God enjoyed the benefits of a win-win. They enjoyed God and everything He created on earth for their benefits. The most popular stories are those of Abraham, David, Noah, Enoch, Elijah. These individuals knew God and understood the importance of a relationship.

Adam the very first man created was very privileged but Eve the woman created for him as a helper had no understanding; Solomon the wisest king in his time was privileged, filled with so much wisdom but his behaviour towards the things of God at the later stage of his life made his understanding very questionable. The Children of Israel whom God loved so much as seen in the bible enjoyed privileges. To them, the blessings and rapid answers from God was a routine they simply could get used to as the book of the Law gave them directions of what to do and when. They mistook a relationship with God as offering and services.

Most of us are same as we think going away from God for a while then coming back to offer the biggest sacrifice is a way of warming our way back into his harms. Please don’t be mistaken! If God does not accept your sacrifice, you have just given to the church and this will bring no reward. The reward goes to those who diligently seek God not for those who are experts at offering and, sacrifices of services. Hebrews 11:6!  

PRAYERS:

  • Father I’m grateful and absolutely thankful for your gracefulness
  • Thank you for your lovingkindness and unending gifts
  • Help me to focus only on you God and serve no man-made gods or creation
  • Strengthen my relationship and fellowship with you Lord, let me be consecrated to you forever all my life
  • Let me not be replaced O Lord, use me for Your glory Lord.
  • Draw me nearer and closer to you, help me to maintain communication with you
  • Remove every grease in our relationship Lord, let me get to know you more than ever before
  • Father let my life be an expression of your grace and let your favour be my portion.
  • Forgive my sins Lord and answer my prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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