The Scriptures are abundantly clear that God is not merely concerned with our outward appearance, which man can see, but with the inward condition of our heart (1 Sam 15:22; 16:7; Hos. 6:6). While there are certainly good works that accompany true saving faith (Eph. 2:10), we are often tempted to substitute religious activity for what God sees and values—a heart that loves and truly knows him, which overflows in love towards others. Like the Pharisees, we can be clean on the outside but filthy on the inside (Luke 11:39, 42). In this sermon, Pastor Dave reminds us that God first wants our love, not our religious activity, and that the gospel is powerful enough to transform the sinful heart of man.
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