by Wally Fry
Sunday, September 8
Loving Jesus Means Keeping His Commandments
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him,” John 14:21.
Why do we keep Jesus’ commandments? Why do we obey Him and seek to grow according to His plans for our life? Why, exactly, should we strive to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord? Perhaps this question is best answered by quickly addressing some reasons why we do not do these things.
We do not obey to earn our salvation. We can never obey in sufficient perfection to accomplish that, as even one failure renders us less than perfect; perfection is God’s standard, so that cannot work. We do not, or at least should not obey to repay what was done for us. If the debt could not be paid by us in the first place, how could we possibly repay it? Some do try to repay it, but that is nothing but a life of grueling drudgery, trying to repay a debt we could not pay in the first place. Although He has full authority to command our lives, (because He said so) is not the reason we obey either.
We obey and keep Jesus’ commandments because we love Him. Out of love, we should seek to please Him. Out of love, we should want to do anything we can for Him. That is true in our earthly relationships; we seek to do for and sacrificially serve those who we love. In the greatest love story ever told, Jesus gave Himself for us; our love and gratitude should drive us to do likewise in return.
JUST A THOUGHT: Our relationship with Jesus is not a transaction. Jesus already conducted that for us; it is just that, a relationship.