In my devotion this morning, I was moved by the authors prospective of what Jesus’ desire was for His followers.
Here is just a little snippet of what he wrote:
Jesus makes a statement that is the cornerstone of His life. He says that what He desires of people who follow Him is not sacrifice, but compassion because He came not to call the righteous, but sinners. But aren’t we supposed to live sacrificial lives, giving and loving sacrificially?
Pharisees were in His mind, pretenders of righteousness. True righteousness reflects compassion, not sacrifice. Sacrifice can be self-generated, but true compassion comes from God.
Think of it this way: Jesus went to the cross for us, making the ultimate sacrifice of His life. Do you honestly believe that as He went to the cross He was thinking of what a great sacrifice He was making? Was it not compassion and love for us that sustained Him during those dark hours? We see it as sacrifice, but for Him it all flowed from compassion for us.
When you know who you are in Christ, everything you do is motivated not only by obligation and sacrifice, but by gratitude and compassion. This is the difference between law and grace.
Take a minute to examine your approach to life. Why do you go to church, Bible studies, or a small group? Is it sacrifice? Is it to appear spiritual, or is it out of a real desire to grow and deepen as a person?
– Taken from When the Good News Gets Even Better
Lord, may I never be a pretender of righteousness. If I ever lean that way, straighten my path in whatever way You deem fit. May I look unto YOU as the Compassionate One in whom I am. In Your image I am created…