Monday, October 5, 2015

Obedience… drudgery or delight, part 2

The reason obedience feels like drudgery or hard work for many professing Christians is there is no "want to" in their actions. It's a "have to." It's performance oriented. It's "do it or else..."  

In 1Jn 5:2,3 we are told "...By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome."

When we "do" because we love, the doing isn't drudgery and hard work. 

I use to surf a lot and it kicked my back side.  I would usually be out for 2 or 3 hours per session. When I was done I was hungry, exhausted and probably 1 or 2 pounds lighter. But I LOVED it.  

Did I exert  myself? Big time. Was is work? Well, in a sense. It took great effort, focus, discipline etc., but it didn't feel like "work" because it was something I love to do and therefore fun. 

When God's love gets a hold of us it creates the "want to" to pursue him.  

If there is no "want to" we need to take a hard look at how much we understand and believe God loves us. 

The solution? Ask God to help you see more clearly what Christ did for you and why he did it. 

(Sometimes the only way we experience God's love is to step out in faith on God's character [regardless of how we feel] and love others. This is the essence of obedience to his greatest commandment to love him with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. 

His character/love/wisdom has already been demonstrated to us in giving us Christ. This alone is enough when we really see it and believe it. To step out in faith releases our experience of his love [Not his actual love which is already secured for us in Christ] to us and through us)

He who is forgiven much, loves much.

And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "Say it, Teacher."  

"A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?" 

Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."

...Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven--for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little." - Jesus Christ - Luk 7:40-43;47 

The truth is we are all forgiven much if we are in Christ. Our problem is we don't have a full understanding of the greatness of our offense, how desperately we need God's forgiveness, how totally impossible it is for us to be righteous enough to be accepted by God and what lengths God went to provide it. This is at the heart of our maturing and where growth lies; in seeing the infinite extent of his great love for us and the extent of our absolute need for it.

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