How to Please the Lord

When Jesus returns and sets up His world-ruling government in Jerusalem, all the nations of the earth will stream into it.  They will say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord that He may teach us concerning His Ways, and that we may walk in His paths."  He will teach people how to live their lives to please Him (Is. 2:2-3; Micah 4:1-4).  Nation will not go to war against nation anymore, and they will never again learn war (Is. 2:4).  Everyone will invite his neighbor over for dinner (Zech. 3:10).

What will Jesus Christ teach the nations concerning His Ways when they come up to Jerusalem?  He will instruct them to help those in need (Matt. 25:31-40).   "Dispense true justice, and practice righteousness by practicing kindness and compassion each to his brother.  Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another," the Lord of Hosts says (Zech. 7:9-10).  "These are the things you should do:  speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.  Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate" (Zech. 8:16-17).

People in the past refused to pay attention to God (Zech. 7:11).  But it is prophesied that people will listen, when Jesus Christ comes back to rule the world (Zech. 8:20-23; 14:9).

Man says today, "What should I do to please the Lord?  Offer my firstborn for my rebellious acts?" Christ says, "I have told you, oh man, what is good.   Practice righteousness.  Practice justice.  Practice loving one another and being kind to one another and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).  Is this not what He told Cain (Gen. 4:7; 1 John 3:10-12), Abraham (Gen. 18:19), and Moses (Heb. 3:5)?  And is this not what Daniel knew and told the king (Dan. 4:27), and what Jesus told us?  Overcome evil by practicing righteousness for God in His name for His glory (Rom. 12:21; Col. 3:17; Matt. 5:16).  Practice hospitality by inviting the blind and lame over for dinner (Rom. 12:13; Luke 14:13).  Share your clothes, your money and your food with those in need, and share your home with the weary traveler (Luke 3:11; 1 Tim. 6:17-18; 1 John 3:17).

We are without excuse when we consider the Scripture that says, "To the one who knows to do good (practice righteousness) and does it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).  God’s word also says, "How blessed are those who practice righteousness at all times" (Psalm 106:3; 11:7).


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