What motivates and empowers one to obey God and walk in holiness and faithfulness? I really used to think it was a simple answer: “That is what I am supposed to do, and God will be upset with me if I don’t”. It was almost like I was trying to earn God’s acceptance by performing in life correctly.
I can tell you that now I certainly do not believe that. Why do I obey Him? Why do I pursue holiness? Why do I honor my marriage covenant through faithfulness to my wife? Why do I say “no” to porn when the world around me says its okay? I am motivated and empowered to obey God and walk in holiness and faithfulness because I am accepted by God through the saving work of Christ on the cross. As I love and obey God, I am loving and honoring my wife.
How incredible is this acceptance God has for us? Ephesians 1 tells the follower of Christ these things:
- Chosen before the foundation of the world
- Predestined to be adopted as His children
- Purchased with Christ’s blood on the cross
- Forgiven completely
- God’s incredible grace lavished on me
These are incredible truths. The challenge is for me to live my life out of God’s acceptance of me. When I do this, I love Christ by walking in holiness and honor/love my wife as I am faithful to my marriage covenant.