Believers Always Move Second

Obedience is never a standalone thing. Life would be simpler if it was.

Obedience, from a Christian point of view, is only meaningful as an expression of love. Jesus put it this way, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” I’ll say the opposite. If you don’t love Him, don’t bother. Oh, go ahead and still lead a “good” life. But…

It’s degrading and insulting to call
obedience without love Christian living.

Paul explains the centrality of love when he explains that love gives meaning and worth to everything we do. On the other hand, without love it doesn’t matter what we do. (1Cor 13:1-3)

But how can we love Jesus?

The Bible’s one answer to loving Jesus is be loved by him. The reason we don’t know the love of God is we cling to self-sufficiency. We wrongly hope we can earn God’s love. It’s hard to be loved for no good reason.

Brokenness lets love in; sufficiency keeps it out.

The believer’s first privilege.

God always moves first, especially when it comes to love. God loves us before we love him. God loves us because of himself not because of us. It’s our privilege to believe in God’s unimaginable love.

The believer’s second privilege.

Christians always move second – in response. Our second moves are called many things, worship, gratitude and in 1 John 5:3, obedience. “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

Love transforms obedience from burden to privilege.

Religious systems are evil when the focus on conformity and compliance while leaving out what really matters.

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2 Comments on “Believers Always Move Second”

  1. Marc Bacon Says:

    Excellent reflection, Dan. We love Him because He first loved us.


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