One of the greatest disasters and sources of frustration in your journey with God is to try to serve him without first of all taking time to know him.
That was one of the problems of King Saul of Israel. He was asked to completely destroy the Amalekites, but the Bible recorded that
“Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good….”
The reason for doing this was obvious in his response to Samuel, the priest…
“The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord YOUR God…”
That was it!
It was the Lord “YOUR” God, not the Lord “MY” God, not even the Lord “OUR” God. This shows a lack of personal relationship between King Saul and God. Perhaps, that was why he never knew that God values obedience more than sacrifices.
When God gives a man an assignment, the ‘how’ is as important as the ‘what’. With God, the end does justify the means. You must do Gods work in God’s way, with God’s mind and with God’s tool. He won’t take anything less from you and the only way to begin is by taking deliberate steps to know Him.
If you don’t know him personally, you will not be able to know his ways, his mind and purpose per time. At best, you may know about him through his acts and through what people say about him.
As a servant of God(and I mean every Christian), never neglect your personal relationship with Him, especially in the place of constant communion through prayers and study of the word.
God is more interested in the life of the man doing the task than the task itself. Strive to Know God personally and you will serve him acceptable.