“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3 (ESV)
Righteousness. To be right with God. To be in a right relationship with Him. Reconciled to Him.
But what does it mean to do righteousness?
Does it mean to do God’s will? To act in such a way as to bring Him glory? To love like He loves?
And justice. To be fair. Equitable. Lawful. Right.
Yet God’s justice is administered with grace and mercy.
Yes, He punishes those who sin. Who transgress. Who rebel and reject Him.
But He also offers all of us a way out. A scape “goat” (Leviticus 4:23) in the person of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:2), who was and is the perfect “sacrifice”.
God doesn’t want our empty offerings as if we can pay for our sins in this way.
Instead, He wants us to be a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).
“Confessing” our sins and “praying” for one another (James 5:16).
prayer : that the saints in my church would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10)
action : that I too would would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”