Isaiah 1:11 say, “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices? Says the Lord. I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”
Why are we doing what we are doing? Ask yourself that question when you are growing and the “I have to read and have a relationship turns to I want or desire to read and have a relationship with the Lord. The difference is incredible, open God’s word because you love to and ask God to open your heart so you grow internally.
Isaiah chapter 1 Verse 13 says, “Stop bringing Me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts Me! As for your celebration of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting- they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings.”
Our relationship with the Lord is not a job, it takes passion and desire. Do we want a better life in this world? If so it will take total surrender to everything we think is important and us opening up to God’s will.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:12-14 “Sin will be rampant every where, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end with be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”
This sounds awfully familiar, our will is never enough, we need to fall on our knees and say “God you will be done.” If we are living our lives as the driver we will always struggle, and what we think we are doing right will not be.
In Isaiah chapter 1 verse 15 it says, “When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of the innocent victims.”
Don’t just do what you do seek God and have purpose, and then it won’t be a job or something to check off a list, it will be what you love to do. Amen