Once you have received Jesus as your savior you come to a place where you wonder, what now. Many are ready with answers. You’ll hear directions such as: find a church, get involved, learn your spiritual gifts, and most of all work hard for the Lord. Surely this is good advice, for James reminds us that faith without works is dead. (James 2:17) The danger though for us humans is we get too focused on our works. Then we find ourselves working for God’s approval, or worse, other’s approval. Burned out grumpy Christians are the results, and that is not very attractive. There must be a better answer to the question “what now”.
The Prophet Micah clears it up for us. In Micah 6:8 we read,
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
To act justly:
Treat others with fairness, be impartial – do what is right in regard to others.
Be forgiving and have compassion on ones who offend us or are in need.
Walk humbly with our God:
Recognize who God is, and our place in regard to him. He is the all-powerful God who spoke the universe into existence. We are his created beings whom he loves.
I believe these three instructions help to keep us from getting lost in our good works. Notice the focus is on others and God not ourselves.