Obedience to Jesus Christ lines us up with how He created things to be and increases our joy even in our sadness, difficulty, pain, and sorrow. Disobedience, where we somehow alleviate the guilt of that disobedience by increasing spiritual activity in another place, just assures that that increased spiritual activity is futile. Because, anything that God would lead you to do out of it, you've already pretty much proved you have no intention of doing. So, saying, "I'm not going to do this, but I am going to spend time, tithe more, do this, whatever," all that does is negate the spiritual power of what you've decided to add.
-Matt Chandler (From 'Games People Play' 7/11/09)