Keep in mind that satan and his minions believe in Jesus, they know and believe in His divinity and yet Heaven is closed to them forever.
When you have true faith in God, when you have a true realization that He is your Father, your Friend and your SAVIOUR…things start to click inside differently.
You don’t follow “the letter of the law” simply out of fear or a sense of duty. You do these things because you are starting to love Him and when you love someone, you want to make them happy and to please them.
I would say 90% of the Christian population believe they are “good people” and “God fearing”…yet how many honor the Sabbath? How many serve the Lord above all else? How many deny themselves for Him? or deny themselves for the benefit of another?
When you begin to realize that you ARE NOT a worthy person, that God doesn’t owe you anything, that really…you are weak and foul in many ways…and that even so, with that…He loves you. He truly, absolutely loves you. He loves you so intimately even though you have said & done some foul things (and we, in this day and age, have lost the true sense of how foul some of our practises are).
When our God looks upon us with delight and love as He does, and you truly begin to realize how unworthy you are of that love, you desire to shower Him with gratitude and love in return and look for ways throughout the day to please Him.
That could mean:
–giving up an indulgence (such as a cup of coffee) in reparation for your sins or the weaknesses of another
–Spending more one-on-one time with Him in prayer, not focusing on you but on Him (the Liturgy of the Hours is ideal for this).
–Trying to better yourself. Trying is the key word. An honest effort is very pleasing to God.
–Cutting out all activity on Sundays: no tv, no internet, no shopping, no sporting events…just mass and prayer and scripture and quiet time.
Once you start looking for ways to please our Lord, He will guide you and slowly open your eyes to how you can improve yourself and how you can please Him in that moment.
Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will reveal Himself if He sees you have a genuine desire to please Him.