So what do you think? It’s good to do good things for other people without expecting good in return, right? Yes, I think that right. That’s what the Part 1 comic strip was about.
But what about “knowing” what will make someone else happy? And what do you do when you do the exact thing that someone tells you will make me happy, but then they aren’t happy because you had to tell them what to do?!? Exasperating!
Thankfully, God is much clearer with what pleases Him, and He doesn’t mind telling us (and showing us) how to please Him.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 (KJV)
The main thing that I love about this verse is how it answers the question, “What has God asked of me?” The answer is not “To obey all of His commandments.” The answer is instead (1) do justly, (2) love mercy, and (3) walk humbly with God. Plus it’s not just “He has told you,” it’s “He has shewed you” (or “shown you”). In other words, “just be like Jesus.”.
All of these things Jesus showed us how to do every day are on every page of the Gospels. This is why those four books are so important, because they show, not just tell. They have the power to change us to be like Jesus which pleases God greatly.