The Code: Do Good Not Bad

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous . . .” (Psalm 15:1-2)

David begins to answer his own question about the kind of lives God-worshipping people lead. And the answer seems a little too obvious at first glance: Don’t do bad and do good. Be “blameless” and do “what is righteous.” Right.

sand_350But think about it. To be blameless has to do with your reputation with your friends and family. How do the people in your your neighborhood or church think of you? Sincere God-worshippers should not be known as liars or people who disrespect others regularly. That doesn’t fit the image of someone who “lives with God.”

But it’s not enough to just be the guy or girl who never does anything wrong. I know lots of Christians that define “living for God” by all the nasty things they don’t do. That’s not living! That’s just sitting around. People who live for – and with – God are people who do things that can be called good.

Think: None of us is perfectly blameless or righteous, yet. What are some blame-worthy things you need to start punting from your life? What are some good things you can find to do more of?

Pray: Ask God to help you want to bring him glory by living a blameless, good-doing life.

Do: Ask someone you trust and who also trusts Jesus if there’s anything obvious in your life that is “blameable.” If you’re still feeling bold after that, ask if he or she has noticed any of the good things you’ve been doing.