John 9:25, HCSBHe answered, “Whether or not He’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!”
I love this story. Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath and the religious leaders are more concerned about the timing of the miracle than its amazing result.
While it's important to obey the law, it's even more important to earnestly seek after God. The Christian should obey God's commands in an effort to please Him rather than as part of a self-reliant effort to "be a good person." The Pharisees were strict about the law (and the guidelines they tacked on to the law and elevated to the level of Scripture) but did not know God's power when it stood right in front of them.
People outside the Jewish community were desperately seeking after Jesus when they heard of the miracles he performed; the Pharisees and high priests sought to kill Him instead.
Let us take great care to check our motives in our efforts to improve ourselves. Are we seeking to follow God's commands because we want people to take notice or because we believe God will be obligated to bless us financially if we do certain things? Or are we earnestly seeking after God and desiring to glorify Him by allowing Him to continue His transforming work in our lives?