I ran across a really powerful passage in Jeremiah today: Jer 22:15-16.
Jeremiah 22:15–16 (NRSV)
15 Are you a king
because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
and do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
says the Lord.
The thing I find so striking about this passage is that it describes the doing of good as what it means to “know God.” This is notion is critically important to me because John 17:3 defines “the eternal life” as “Knowing you, the one true God, and Jesus Chris whom you have sent.”