But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
1 Samuel 15:22‭-‬23 NLT

In the Christian life, our sacrifices and offerings are physical demonstrations of our relationship with God. So, the quality of the life we live is far more important than the quality or the quantity of the sacrifices and offerings we bring to God.

Every sacrifice that comes from the heart that is not truly repentant and does not love God is hollow. Going to church, serving in any capacity in the church, giving tithes and offerings, doing good deeds, and even giving to charity are all useless and empty religions except they are performed with an attitude of love, devotion, and obedience to God.

God does not take lightly anyone who disregards His instructions. He considers every act of disobedience to His Word and insubordination to His servants as rebellion and stubbornness. These are serious sins worthy of death. They are equated with witchcraft and idolatry for they involve more than being independent and strong-willed.

Check the quality of your life to see if there is no reason for the divine rejection of both your life and your sacrifices to the honour of God’s name. Rebellion against God is perhaps the most serious sin of all because as long as a person rebels, he closes the door to forgiveness and restoration with God. May the Lord Jesus help your life that you do not stand before God rejected on account of your willful disobedience to His counsel. Good morning and do have a blessed weekend.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola