“With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:6-8 ESV)
What you do is important. But, why you do it is even more important. The only thing worse than no offering is an offering brought with dirty hands. God cares about the reasoning behind your actions. He cares about your motivations, and he knows your heart. If the heart is unbroken, all the most pious religious acts in the world are filth before the throne of grace. Songs become noise. Sacrifices are rejected. If knowing, enjoying, and experiencing God is no longer the aim, “going to church on sunday” and throwing around spiritual lingo does nothing more than further one’s condemnation.