Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:22 "Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams."

Encouragement: God desires and demands our personal obedience to His word. Jesus taught us that if we love Him we will follow His commands. God did not send Jesus to die so we can keep on living or ourselves. We are purchased and our lives are no longer our own. We are His! Following Jesus is a full surrender to a conquering King. Let us not abuse God's grace, but instead let His grace motivate us to obediently follow Jesus into the world.

Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and everyone at City Church grow in willing obedience to His word.