2 Kings 17:14-15 reads, “But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.”
When you get serious about a sport, one of the first things you have to do is learn the rules. The better you understand the boundaries set by the rules of the game, the more effective you will be competing within those boundaries. The same holds true for God’s work. The better you know the boundaries set by God’s determination of right and wrong, the more effective you will be in living a life that pleases him. Hint: You already have the “boundary map” right now: the Word of God. All you have to do now is read it and learn from it.
In regards to living a life that pleases God, think about good works. When you are doing something to help someone, whether it be hauling hay, carrying groceries for people, helping a person move, or mowing the grass for somebody, it’s good works. Nothing is wrong with good works. But we must remember that when we do good works, its for God’s glory and honor instead of for ourselves.