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What To Do?

I often find myself in a quandary. I struggle with how to please God – how to be a pleasing person in His sight. I fret over the way I pray, the personal sacrifices I make, the quantity and quality of my good deeds, the thoughts that occupy my mind. I know I need to praise God, offer Him worship, make amends for my sins and develop a relationship with Him. But how?

When I read Scripture, I see that people have been grappling with this for a long time. In the book from the Prophet Micah we hear the people pleading with God, trying to understand where and how to worship and how to please God. They speak of bowing low and burning offerings. They want to give God many gifts of all the best things they have.

I too wonder, should I wake early to do extra prayers? Should I give up Dr. Pepper and sports? Should I never watch T.V. or go to the movies? Is this what God wants?

“No,” says Micah, “you have been told what is good and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Do Justice.  It’s not enough to be sad about injustice. God wants people who care enough to act.

Love Goodness.  Goodness is not a quality we can manufacture on our own. Goodness comes from God. We need to love what God loves and let the Holy Spirit move in us so that we can be blessed with the fruit of goodness.

Walk Humbly.  Be not proud or self-reliant. Continually seek strength from God and do all for God’s glory. Trust the Lord and acknowledge him as the source of your life as you walk through each day.

 

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