Psalm 86; 1 Samuel 15:10-31; Acts 5:1-11

a person walking a wooded path in the mountains

Do you think all GOD wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production.

“The ends justify the means.”


If the result is good then how we go about bringing that result doesn't matter, right? RIGHT!?

Not even close.

If we claim to be on the way of Christ then the means, the how, is more important than the ends.

That passage about Saul from 1 Samuel 15 is almost a parable for our time. So many followers of Jesus are willing to sell their souls for their political ends. If we are honest with ourselves many of us read that story about Saul and think, “What's the big deal? He won. That's mattered.” Yet, in the economy of God that isn't what matters. What matters is the way you do the things that you are doing. Living in the way is all that matters.


Why does the way matter more than the end?

Because God is sovereign and good. We are able to trust that this sovereign and good God will bring about the ends that God wants. Because of this we enter into the way realizing that the ends are not the goal but the journey.

What I'm wrestling with today, “Am I embracing the journey or am I simply pursuing an end?”


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