In a recent Bible study the question surfaced: Is it important why we obey God’s Word? Or is it important that we obey?
We talked about it for a few minutes and I encouraged class members to think on the various aspects of that question. I did my own assignment.
While driving this weekend I pondered it some more and then this morning created a graphic to help me remember my summary.
We are most-blessed when we live in alignment with God’s standards and directives. When we obey thinking we will be blessed, however, we risk making God a genie whose lamp we rub when we want something special. We’d never admit to that, but deep-down it’s pretty close. Life is about us.
I wrestle with that. Maybe you do too. Why do I –why should I– obey His directives, walk by His principles? Best answer: Because I love Him. So that if He chooses to bless me nothing in my life prevents Him from doing so. It doesn’t make life easy, cushy or magic; not at all. But it is the best way to live.
I aliGn with God -capital G– not so He will bless me, but so He can. Because I love Him.