To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the LORD
- Proverbs 21:3
When the Scriptures teach that something is "more acceptable to the Lord" we should probably pay attention. The Lord delights more in doing rightness and in doing justice than He does in our sacrifices.
The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, therefore what can you give to the Lord that He does not already have? Therefore what He desires from us is not what we can give sacrificially, but rather our living out His righteousness and His justice. For as we live out His righteousness and His justice we appropriately reflect the glory of His character. We then become living illustrations of the goodness of our God. Imperfect though we are, we may yet bring His rightness into situations deeply in need of it and we may bring His justice into situations which might be otherwise completely unjust – thereby displaying a glimpse of His likeness to the world around us. For as is described throughout the pages of Scripture; displaying His glory is His preeminent motivation.