Have you ever asked yourself, “why am I doing this?” You know that at some point in your life you decided to start doing something and now here you are running your normal routine and you pause and ask yourself, why? I think it is fair. I remember asking myself why while I was putting dishes away once. I was putting glasses back in the cabinet and I instantly had a thought: “I normally take a glass out and either fill it with water from the sink or I fill it with something from the refrigerator, so why are my glasses not in the cabinet between the refrigerator and the sink?”
1 Peter 1:2 does a great job of answering a “why” question. Why do we obey God’s Word? Why do we do the right thing, tell the truth and love people? Although with spiritual maturity growth I do this less, I find myself contemplating why I try to live up to God’s standard.
God the father knew you and chose you long ago, and his spirit has made you holy. As a result you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:2
There is great reason for the Christ follower to learn and obey God’s teaching. God chose you long ago and when you submitted to Jesus as Lord – the Holy Spirit began a long-term work on you to help craft your actions closer in line with how God loves. This is reason enough to take serious the teaching of Christ. This work isn’t to attain something; it is in response to something we have already received.
Think about: How does remembering that you were called out and pursued by God help shape your understanding of obedience? Is right now a good time for you to do a bit of inventory in your life and see where you are lining up with the teaching of Christ, and where you are not?
Pray: Lord, thank you for loving me through creation and salvation. You pursued me from my very beginning and even now when I don’t perform up to your standard. Help me to always remember the love you have for me and live out the appreciation I have for it.