The ONE THING for today

Kristian Karma

If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 (NKJV)

If our obedience unto God is not motivated by love then it becomes self-seeking and manipulative; in reality, we adapt a Christian philosophy of “Karma” (I’ll do what you want me to do but then I’ll be expecting you to do what I want you to do.)

The irony of this is that our obedience has less to do with God and more to do with ourselves; it becomes a form of idolatry, with us at the center of things and God marching to our drumbeat.

The tragedy of this is that love dies. We become legalistic contract-keepers who only do enough to keep the rules and meet expectations.

We never experience the joy of cheerfully obeying and even lavishly exceeding expectations simply because we love God–the sweet spot for experiencing the best in Christian living.

  • The ONE THING for today: Don’t confuse obeying to keep a contract with God with obeying God because you trust and love Him.

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1 Peter 1:14 (NLT)
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.

 

One thought on “Kristian Karma

  1. Some years ago (while I was being tested) and I was reading about the three Hebrew children in the third chapter of Daniel, I fell on my knees and cried out to the Lord and said, ” Lord, even if you don’t deliver me out of this fiery furnace that I am in, I will serve you anyway!’ He delivered me, but not right away. He gave me strength and taught me how to lean on HIM. Let his presence be known and impressed on my heart that he was with me in the ‘furnace’ and I was not alone. Then he released me one day and I thank him for his mercy and love to me.

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