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Mercy not Sacrifice by Max Lucado

“Lord,”  I said, “I want to be your man, not my own.

So to you I give my money, my car—even my home.”

Then, smug and content, I relaxed with a smile

And whispered to God, “I bet it’s been a while

Since anyone has given so much – so freely?”

His answered surprised me. He replied, “Not really.

“Not a day has gone by since the beginning of time

That someone hasn’t offered meager nickels and dimes,

Golden altars and crosses, contributions and penance,

Stone monuments and steeples;  but why not repentance?

“The money, the statues, the cathedrals you’ve built,

Do you really think I need offerings of guilt?

What good is money that’s meant only to salve

The hurting conscience that so many of you have?

“Your lips know no prayers.  Your eyes no compassion.

But you will go to church (when churchgoing’s in fashion).

“Just give me a tear – a heart ready to mold

And I’ll give you a mission, a message so bold

That a fire will be stirred where there was only death,

And your heart will be flamed by my life and my breath.”

I stuck my hands in my pockets and kick at the dirt

It’s tough to be corrected

But it was worth the struggle to realize the thought

That the Cross isn’t for sale and Christ blood can’t be bought

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.

  • 1 Samuel 15.22

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