Job 35:6–7 (MEV): If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?
Or if your transgressions are multiplied, what does it do to Him?
If you are righteous, what does it give Him?
Or what does He receive from your hand?
Elihu asks Job a series of probing questions. These questions drive at something rather poignant to consider. God doesn’t need your sin. And He doesn’t need your good behavior.
Just because that is true, doesn’t mean we get to do what we want to do when we want to do it because we want to do it as a right. Look at how it continues.
Job 35:8 (MEV): Your wickedness may hurt a man like you,
and your righteousness may profit a son of man.
That’s exactly the point. Your actions do t affect God. But they do affect others around you.
Ephesians 5:15–17 (MEV): See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise men, making the most of the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
In other words, pay close attention to what you do and the way you comport yourself. You are being watched by others. You may not think your life has much impact, but it does. Most of it is in ways you may never know here. (I’ve been reminded of this just today, before I read this part of Job.)
Colossians 4:5–6 (MEV): Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, wisely using the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer everyone.
It’s part of what Jesus taught us to do. Second to loving God is to love others as we love ourselves. A big part of loving both God and others is denying ourselves.
And we do it to have an opportunity to make an eternal impact.