When people think about what morality is, most will make a list of things you shouldn’t do. And that’s fine. There are many things we should never do. To deny this fact is lawlessness, and lawlessness destroys lives.
I’ve thought about it in this way: say you are in the act of doing some particular thing. If Jesus were to come back in that moment, would He find pleasure in what He sees, or would you be immensely embarrassed? The shameful things, then, are the ones we should never do. This is the beginning of the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom.
Here is the next question: why? Why do we care what God thinks of us? It must be because we love Him! For the more we love someone, the more we care. And God has loved us with such intense passion. He voluntarily endured pain so we could live. Our Father has given us everything we need. He loves and is Love, and we respond with love. That’s why we desire to please Him.
Holiness is much, much more than a moral code. It’s the gateway to the throne of God. Without clean hands and a pure heart, no one will see God. That probably seems intimidating. The good news is this: He invites us to share in His holiness and perfection. Jesus died to break the bondage of sin. The way is paved with gold and ready for us to walk the journey out. God has offered us every grace.
This is why we can and will do good things. This is why we make every effort to please God, not man. We are commissioned as visionaries. We will continue as the light of the world until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”–Hebrews 12:11-13