So why as believers are we obedient? Why do we forsake the ways of the world in acceptance of God’s will? As the actor cries out, “what’s my motivation?!” I have been contemplating this question and have some thoughts (yes, odd I know: Evan thinking… outrageous!).
Any who, to start we first must lay down the foundation of faith in Christ which alone provides justification. We are saved from deserved eternal punishment by the suffering, death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
We do not become or continue to be obedient for any salvific purpose. Salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ. The message of the gospel is repentance (change of mind, a gift of God), and conplete trust, faith, utter dependance upon the completely adequate work of Christ.
We can’t loose what we didn’t create and earn. Justification is of God and God alone. As Romans 8:33 makes clear, “who will bring any charge against those to whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.”
Having settled that key doctrinal topic, let’s act! Why do we obey? Why do we abstain from? Why do we ommit? Why do we commit? The reasons ate threefold I have found.
First, as true believers in the, Lord Christ Jesus we are inhabited by the Holy spirit. The Spirit motivates us to obedience to the Father’s will. As 2 Thessalonians 2:13, explains, “but we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, and through belief in the truth.”
Secondly, and coupled with the first reason, out of thankfullness unto God for His incredible mercy we strive to please Him in all we do. We rejoice in doing His will, far from burdensome, we rejoice in service as we ought.
Thirdly, per the name of this post, we obey to receive a crown as a reward for our faithfulness. We compete, that is run the race of faith in life, in faithfulness to God to receive glory in His kingdom. As 1 Corinthians 9:25, states, “everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever.”
Wait, Evan, hold up! So in addition to saving us, which we do not, nor can deserve, God rewards us for our obedience in the heavenly realm?! Yes, my friend, yes indeed! Wow, God is fantastic!
So let us not grow tired in doing good so we can earn a crown that we will be able to set at the feet of our, Lord and King when we see Him in His glory on the day of redemption. For God King, crown, and Heavenly country!
Father God, you are incredible: your mercy is beyond comprehension! Please help us to grow in the understanding and awe of your mercy, grace, and love. You save us, and reward us for being obedient as we should. You’re incredible! By your power, by the working of your Spirit, may we serve You gladly, with Thanksgiving and joy. Pefect love drives out fear, your love is perfect. Please let us know your love as we should, and serve you as is deserved. Knowing full well we are a redeemed people of promise. We praise and thank you endlessly in the beloved name of your, Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).