“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”
– Jesus (Matthew 9:13)
Jesus told those who accused him of spending too much time with immoral people: you’ve gone too far.
And actually, the comment wasn’t made to Jesus. It was made to his followers. Because he was in the process of teaching his followers to do this, too.
Jesus didn’t distance himself from sin. But, at the same time, he didn’t indulge in it.
How did he do this?
He put his priority on glorifying his father.
“I have come down from heaven,” he said, “not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me” (Luke 6:38).
And so it is with us, his followers. Our priority isn’t what we can do (or not do)–our sacrifice. Instead, it’s to see how much we can become like the one who saved us.