When it comes to following Jesus, it’s not just about doing what He says. Motivation behind the obedience is key. Which statement represents your life?
- “I obey; therefore, I’m accepted.”
- “I’m accepted; therefore, I obey.”
The first statement is the crux of most religions. People obey God (or their gods) to be accepted. If they don’t obey, they won’t be accepted. The second statement represents the Christian faith. We are accepted in Christ through faith. As a result, we willingly obey His commands. (See Tim Keller, Gospel in Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010], p. 16).
I encourage you to think long and hard about the differences in these two statements. They make all the difference in the world.