I had one of those moments recently when I realized Christians are wrong when…
We say it right, but do it wrong.
Why do you obey God? Okay, maybe a better question is why do you try to obey God?
- To please Him?
- To earn His favor?
- To look good at church?
- To feel good about yourself?
- So “it will go well for you?”
- All of the above?
God promises it will go well for those who obey Him, but that should not be our motive.
Because everything on that list of reasons are ME focused!
As I read in Deuteronomy the other day, the following words practically jumped off the page:
“I have taught you all the laws, as the Lord my God told me to do. Obey them in the land that you are about to invade and occupy. Obey them faithfully, and this will show the people of other nations how wise you are. When they hear of all these laws, they will say, ‘What wisdom and understanding this great nation has!’
“No other nation, no matter how great, has a god who is so near when they need Him as the Lord our God is to us. He answers us whenever we call for help. No other nation, no matter how great, has laws so just as those that I have taught you today. Deuteronomy 4:5–8
We are not supposed to obey to show who we are . . . we are to obey to show who God is.
Not to show that we are good, but to show that He is good and loving.
Not to show that we are better than those who don’t obey, but to show that His ways are best. Commands that tell us to treat others with respect, compassion, and love.
Not to show that what the Bible says is right, but to show that God’s commands are perfect. Commands that show His perfect love has the power to change hearts and lives.
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Based on the Deuteronomy verses above, considered “Law,” obeying shows who God is. That He gives wisdom and understanding and is near and just.
Obedience glorifies God!
It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s not about theology or doctrine.
It’s about God. It’s about glorifying the One who loves you so much He died to show you.
Friends we need to take ourselves out of the equation. If we could begin to obey God to show His love, if we could lead with our hearts, if we could obey out of love to show love . . . it would change everything.
No more judgmental pride.
No more obeying to be accepted.
Simply . . . coming to Jesus.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. Matthew 11:28–29
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Then going where He leads with obedience.
It’s not about us, about rules, about judgment, about fitting in or doing it right.
It’s about doing everything with great love.
Showing we love Him by loving others. Showing His love and reflecting His glory—that is obedience.
Friend, any other reason for obedience is just wrong.
“Do you feel loved by God because you believe He makes much of you, or because you believe He frees you and empowers you to enjoy making much of Him?” ~John Piper
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. Ephesians 1:15–16
“To do even the most humbling tasks to the glory of God takes the Almighty God Incarnate working in us.” Oswald Chambers”
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