Why do I have to be obedient to God?

 We do not seek obedience to God to earn salvation, or to earn entry into heaven. Every believer in Jesus as Saviour is assured of salvation and is eternally secure, since that s
alvation is based solely upon the once and for all, finished work of Jesus Christ

We read in John 10: 28,29: "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

The Bible does not teach that we must seek, gain, or keep eternal salvation by godly living. The Scriptures, however, do present several motivations for obedience in our walk with God and with his Son.

 1. Gratitude: A powerful motivation for living the obedient Christian life, is gratitude to God for saving us by his grace. We read in 2 Cor. 5:14,15: Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.


2. God blesses obedience.

True Christians should also be motivated by the knowledge that their heavenly Father both blesses obedience and disciplines disobedience in his children.


Hebrews 12: My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

3. God holds us accountable for our choices – particularly when we are saved.

Every Christian must on the Day of the Lord stand before the judgment seat of Christ, not to determine his destiny in heaven, but to assess the quality of his Christian life on earth and his grateful obedience to God.


We read in 2 Cor. 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due to him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Anticipating either reward or loss of reward at the judgment seat should also motivate believers to perseverance and to faithfulness to God's revealed will.

May our perseverance in faithfully seeking God’s will in everything we do, because we show grateful love as people saved only by grace through faith, produce righteous, fruitful lives that are filled with the peace of God.