Isaiah 29:13, NIV:  The Lord says: These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.

A person can be given a task to do and might be able to accomplish the task without difficulty. But, if the person be shown the purpose for the task, and see the importance of it; then the task takes on a whole new light, and the person doing the task finds reason to invest more than just the minimum of what’s required to do the task. Without warning, our lives as Christians can become all about “doing the task.” We can get to a place where we go through the motions with the best of intentions, but something is missing. We can do many things simply to be obedient to God. But how much greater if we remember the purpose behind the task? God would have us not only do the things He gives us to do, but to do them happily and wholeheartedly—fully investing ourselves. Keeping His purposes at the heart of what we do is the difference between mundane religious duty, and victorious Christian living.