If we aren’t able to do God’s will and keep God’s way with our actions, we are in danger of becoming annoying to God. There are a few instances in the Bible that describe or depict a group of believers who are more annoying, more of a loud banging noise, to God than helpful.
Have you ever heard of the expression just going through the motions? My football coach used to use that expression all the time during practice. It wasn’t enough for the team to be out on the field and running the drills. If we were going to be out there, then we needed to give it all that we had. We needed to push ourselves to improve our play. In other words, unless we used practice like it was a chance to get better–unless we acted like we wanted to be there and we wanted to succeed–we were just going through the motions
God’s frustration falls on Christians who go to church, put on a smile and give their tithe, but the next day they stand and watch their neighbor’s house burn to the ground without ever offering them a hot meal. Or they pass by the same opportunity to serve the poor without ever thinking twice. The sole purpose of Christianity is not to have a social club. Its sole purpose is to give the love of Jesus Christ to those who are in need, whether it is physical need or heart need.
We should be standing in worship service thanking God for the opportunity to do his work, to feed the poor, heal the sick and give to our brothers and sisters, because otherwise, without doing his work, we would feel worthless in his presence. And all of our worship would only be a loud, annoying noise to God.
Most of us would rather be a sweet sound in God’s ear rather than an annoying sound. So how do we become the sweet sound in God’s ear? The first thing we must do is apply God’s word to our lives, but to do that there’s a catch. The catch is that we must humble ourselves every day. We must walk each day of our lives believing that everybody else is better than ourselves. When we are unsure of our actions and our words, we must give God the benefit of the doubt, not ourselves. We must search our hearts for traits that God does not care for, and when we find them, we must own up and give them to God, in Jesus’ name. If we don’t humble ourselves, we will never believe that we are wrong, and we will continue to do things that are contrary to God’s way.
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)