I am becoming increasingly convinced, as I get older, that God does not demand our obedience simply because it honors Him. That is, of course, a true and healthy reason to do it. And I wouldn’t even put up an argument against someone who argues that it’s the primary reason.
Still, as I come to experience and better understand God’s love for us, I’d suggest that God demands our obedience because He wants us to become the people we were truly created to be. Because only God sees the final picture, He is therefore the only one capable of making that happen. Therefore, without our obedience — our submission to God’s vision of us, which incredibly is way more than we could ever think of ourselves — the end result is a tragedy that only God can comprehend and experience the full depths of. The suffering we see and experience is but a rough fragment of that.
By extension, I think that’s why Jesus became so angry with the Pharisees. They saw a broken law as an excuse to claim superiority. Jesus saw it as a sin so profound that only He could die to remove it.
P.S. It’s been a crazy but good week — the result being that this example isn’t as developed as I’d like to be. Still, hope you gain something from it. I did at the time I first wrote it (a couple weeks ago, actually).
And, God demands our obedience because it is good for us. Everyone wins. We win. God wins. It is always in our best interest to live the Christian life. God is a rewarder.
Good Questions Have Groups Talking
I seem to remember this from somewhere… 🙂