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.
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.