Obedience Vs Sacrifice

 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.

1 Samuel 15:22 NLT

The life of sacrifice is a life of demanding my rights and living as I wish. The life of obedience, though, is a response to God’s gracious invitation and is lived as an upward spiral of dependence and intimacy.

This is why Jesus didn’t say, “If you love me, sacrifice for me.” Instead He said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

This kind of obedience (as a response to divine love) always leads to intimacy and dependence. This is why obedience is better than sacrifice.

Ask the Holy Spirit to let you know whether there is any disobedience in your


A delayed obedience is no obedience at all.