Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the table of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3–4 (NIV)
Rituals, going to church, putting on a nice face–it’s all well and good but it’s too easy to fall into a pointless routine. God is motivated by a sincere faith and a genuine obedience to His word. He wants us to do something about the needs of those around us and if we do this with a faithful heart, we will find favor with those around us and with God too. “Become a doer of the word…not forgetting what you have heard, but doing it…then you will be blessed in what you do.