>Why Obey God?

>Okay, for most it is summer and vacation etc…and no one wants to think about ‘indicatives’ and ‘imperatives,’ but this is worth the time to carefully consider:

“In every other religion the indicative flows from the imperative. Which means, ‘because I do, therefore I am… because I do this, therefore I’m a child of God.’ But only in Christianity does the imperative flow from the indicative. ‘Because I am in Christ all these things, therefore I obey.’ Exactly the opposite.”

– Tim Keller, Led by the Spirit (message given at Redeemer Presbyterian Church)

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

2 thoughts on “>Why Obey God?”

  1. >Great thought Jack! How did we ever get it wrong? Oh yeah.. from the folks that think the 10 commandments are things written in stone rather than in our hearts 🙂

  2. >Great Quote, Jack!I think this is what Jesus is saying in John 14:15: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." The problem is when we try to obey Jesus to prove that we love Him. We've got it backward. It's not "If you keep my commandments, then you love me." He's saying, "If you first love me, then you will obey me." Obedience is caused by love. Love is not caused by obedience.Obedience flows out of love, not the other way around.

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