Many Christians today believe that there are all these things that God actually NEEDS us to do for Him.
Think about it: God made the heavens, the earth, and every living creature by just speaking everything into existence, yet we often think that we need to do things for Him??? Rather, it's the other way around - He doesn't need us to do His works, but He has chosen us by His grace and oftentimes does His works through us.
It's not that Jesus shows us the way we should go; He IS the way itself. When Jesus was walking in human form here on earth, even He gave God the Father all the credit for what works He did, saying "Many good works I have shown you from My Father." (John 10:32) Therefore, don't worry about what you need to do or where you need to go for God. At the same time, don't procrastinate either - when He tells you to go somewhere, go! Don't wait around for the millionth confirmation. Just step out in faith and He'll be right there, not necessarily to show you the way, but instead to be in Himself the way.
I once worked in a Swiss restaurant, and one of the cooks there was about the most ungodly man I've ever known. He often disappeared into the back room to smoke marijuana, cursed all the time taking the Lord's name in vain, and even bragged to everybody about how he was cheating with his best friend's wife. One time he said or did whatever he did, I glanced to where he was in disgust, and he responded in a way I never could have expected. He told me that I was wrong about him, as he was a "confirmed" Christian. So does that mean that He was saved and living the Christian life since he "believes in Jesus"? And since we aren't required to do any works for God, there is no need really to do anything godly, right? Wrong! If there are no good works in your life, has your life really been given to God to do with what He will? "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say 'You have faith, and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." (James 2:17-18) Therefore, through salvation you will have a desire to do those works and will do them by the power of the Spirit Who lives in you - not because works are required in order for us to look good to God, but rather because you can't have faith in something without acting on it.
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