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The Journey - January 27, 2015

  • 2015 Jan 27

The Journey with Ron Moore

Religious Stuff | Psalm 40:6-10

Today’s Passage: Psalm 40:6-10
Key Verses: Psalm 40:6-8

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—but my ears you have opened—burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

God is not impressed with religious stuff. He sees past the marks of Ash Wednesday to the other 364 days of my year.

God is not impressed with religious stuff. Baptism only makes me wet if my heart is not surrendering to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.

God is not impressed with religious stuff. Communion has no significance if my heart is not prepared for thanksgiving and recommitment.

God is not impressed with religious stuff. Teaching others is futile if I am not teaching myself.

God is not impressed with religious stuff. Confirmation is a box checked on my ceremonial list if it is only a class to be completed.

God is not impressed with religious stuff. The writer to the Hebrews used this passage to contrast Jesus’ perfect obedience with the insufficiency of the Old Testament sacrifices (Hebrews 10:5-7).

God is not at all impressed with my religious ceremony or tradition. He sees, with laser focus, the desires, longings and intentions of my heart.

Father, don’t let religious stuff be my religion. Allow my relationship with you to overwhelm my heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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