Ever wonder, “If Jesus paid for my sins by dying on the cross, what difference does my obedience make?” Plenty! Consider the many benefits of the doer. The person who does what God says:
• Shall be called great. “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).
• Abides in God’s love. “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (John 15:10).
Lives in God’s presence — “Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23).
• Is heard by God. “And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us” (1 John 3:22-23).
• Is blessed by God. “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25).
• Will receive back from God. “Doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:6-8).
• Saves their soul and others. “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).
A woman with a hard heart says she does not need God’s fellowship, presence or listening ear. A man with a hard head says he does not want God’s blessings or belong to his kingdom. But a genuine Christian, as a pattern of life, does God’s will. By God’s enabling grace, let us be genuine Christians for his glory: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
We would love to hear from you on comments or questions. You can reach us or find out more about us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, our website at www.gracelifedsm.org or Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m.Grace Life Church of Greater Des Moines
Meets at Crocker Elementary
2910 S.W. Applewood St.
Pastor Seth Channell
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.