Motive Is Everything
When it comes to the true obedience of a justified sinner, motive is everything. Think about Saul of Tarsus.
What religious activities did he perform while in a state of lostness?
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
After God regenerated and converted him, what did he say of these things that he once thought so important?
He referred to them as “LOSS” and “DUNG.” Read Philippians 3:7-10.
Before Paul’s conversion, don’t you think he prayed, gave, studied, and sought converts?
Yet all of it was an evidence of his natural ignorance of how God could be “a just God and a Saviour”.
After his regeneration, you can be assured that he still prayed, gave, studied, evangelized, and eventually died for the God of His salvation.
What made the difference?
It was his motive. He no longer did any of these things to save himself, keep himself saved, or to even recommend himself to God. His motive for all obedience was gratitude to God for all that He had already given him through the Lord Jesus Christ’s obedience unto death. John wrote: “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Those whom God has forgiven, whose sins were completely put away at Calvary, do indeed love Him, and seek to obey Him in every area of their lives.
What’s your motive?
By R. Warmack