Kierkegaard originally meant this text to serve as introduction of sorts to his Upbuilding
Discourses in Various Spirits. In it, he entreats his readers to seek God for themselves
rather than following the crowd. A person cannot live out the Christian faith by simply
going to church, observing Christian holidays, or praising whatever is trendy among the
church community. Instead, one must encounter God personally and do whatever God
calls one to do, even if doing so seems impolite, ridiculous, or even wicked to everyone
else. Although of great interest to theologians and philosophers, this short work remains
accessible and relevant to the contemporary lay-reader.