“If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15).
The verse is pretty clear: if we love Jesus, we obey and keep his commands.
What’s the deal with obedience? Why is obeying God’s commands such a big deal?
The first thing we should note is that God doesn’t command obedience because he’s on a power trip. The reason why God desires our obedience is because God desires our happiness and joy. God desires our obedience because God desires to bless us.
The second thing we need to know is that obeying God and keeping his commands is for our benefit. You see, obedience is our friend. Obedience keeps us from living a life of regret. There are few things sadder than seeing an older Christian looking back at their life feeling nothing but regret for the things they did and what they didn’t do.
Obedience helps us to make choices now that we will be happy with later. Obedience keeps us from making stupid choices that we will regret later.
The reason why God wants our obedience is because God loves us, God wants what is best for us, and because God wants to bless us.
The great classic hymn writer was right:
Trust and obey for there is no other way;
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.