Adhemar Damiani has said, “We show that we serve the Lord by the way in which we live the commandments received from Him, by the work we do to help establish the kingdom of God on earth, and by the way we act towards our neighbor.
Putting away worldly gods means keeping impure thoughts out of our minds, shedding all hateful feelings from our hearts, and ridding our lives of everything which may prevent the Holy Ghost from being always with us.
For some, putting away worldly gods may mean giving up a small habit. For others, it may mean giving up serious sins they are committing. For others still, it may mean forgetting sad events which happened earlier in their lives. Whatever the situation, in each one of us there is the power to change our life, the power to transform the bad feelings we have in our hearts. The Lord Jesus Christ will give us this power and will help us. All He asks from us is that we have faith in Him, follow His example, and obey His commandments.
When we love God, serve the Lord sincerely, and give up the things of this world, we become true followers of Christ.”
The Lord has everything at His fingertips. Anything of worth to us is something that He created, then gave to us, and therefore, He doesn’t really need any of it Himself. At the end of the day, the only thing we have to offer Him is what we have chosen to do with our agency. The only thing that He delights in is when we choose to love Him and to serve Him! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the only thing WE delighted in was love and service of the Lord? That is all He asks of us.