(June 23, 2014)
We are frequently reminded of the scriptural admonition that to obey is better than to sacrifice. But do we really understand what that means? Sacrifice is a process of trying to draw closer to the Lord, but (like repentance generally) sacrifice only draws us closer to the Lord by removing obstacles that stand between us and Him. Obedience is the only mechanism by which we actually move closer to Him – sacrifice is just the giving up of things that would otherwise stand in the way of our obedience.