He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart. – 2 Chronicles 25:2
Is it possible to do the “right” thing the “wrong” way?
I have often seen parents command a child to say that he or she is sorry for an offense committed against another. While such a demand typically produces outward obedience, most of us know that sorrowful regret is usually absent. Even as adults, we are often sorry for the consequences a wrong action might produce, but that does not necessarily equate with repentance.
The king described in the verse above did what God wanted, but not with the heart God desired. Likewise, a faith community may demand outward obedience, but what about fostering and encouraging inward desire? An omniscient God certainly wants more from us than rote obedience and He knows the difference between the two. He is certainly aware that our motives often trump our actions.
In service of the Risen Savior, remember this, “Why” is always just as important as “What.”
Truth without obedience is hypocrisy; obedience without truth is legalism. – Jack Wellman