But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. I Timothy 1:5
Too often the goal of our teaching is external change. We want to see people baptized, worshiping regularly, and working in the church. God knows that when we change our inside, the outside evidences will follow. God goals are love, pure hearts, good consciences, and sincere faith. When anyone adopts those kinds of changes in their lives, obedience and service will be evident. Let's direct our teachings toward the heart and spirit. It's a good strategy for ourselves as well.