In which there is reason to do good

by Craig on December 10, 2012

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So why do we do good instead of not good?

During my discussions with the skeptic, which began here, he mentioned that the reason for doing good is reward in heaven. I don’t like the idea of doing good things for reward.

I mean, there is reward in heaven, but it doesn’t seem like it’s the reason God wants us to do right rather than wrong.

So I asked him…

“Isn’t it better to just try and do our best because we love…
because we love the One who created us and keeps us alive…
because we love the One who is our Savior, and God, and friend?”

“What if that’s not enough?” he asked.

“Well then, if I’m serious about what I believe I need to make it enough. I’d say ‘nobody ever said Christianity was easy’, but that’s wrong. A lot of people talk about an easy Grace. Christianity is not easy.

Jesus said so…

Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few. (MT 6:13,14)

I asked The Skeptic, “Do you love your bride enough to cherish her each day?”

“No.” (said in quiet staccato, looking away, pursing lips)

“Then you need to choose to do so.”

“Does she love enough to respect you and help you be the best you can be every day?”

“No.” (firm, solid, louder, looking straight at me)

Then she needs to choose to do so.
We fall in love – but we choose to love.

If I love God, then I choose to do good.
If I don’t love quite enough to to good…
then I need to make the choice to love enough.

Pretty. Simple.

“Guess so.” (nodding, eyes moving back and forth, thinking)

And then there’s this. God, the One I believe to be the only true God, is not just a God to worship – but a friend.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John15:12-14)

If the only God of all things is my friend…

and I truly don’t want to let a friend down…

well, for me, that’s a better reason then reward to do good.

There is more…

please come back.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

A. December 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

this is very good, craig. for so many people, the sales pitch to salvation is ” do you know where you are going when you die?” so, when they are saved, they think it is about getting a ticket into heaven, the reward so to speak. this approach bypasses all focus on Christ except for the fact that He is the one who ‘gets people into heaven”, that is, He gets them their reward. it seems that the ‘sales pitch’ should be that salvation is about being reconnected to Christ, and that out of our love for Him, our actions of obedience would flow. this second approach has no focus on rewards-though there are rewards. its focus is on living in loving relationship with Christ.

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"Michelle December 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

“Do you choose……”. Very wise words, master Craig. And, oh so true!

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Martha Orlando December 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Yes, it is a choice we make to be God’s friend. He’s our best one and will never fail us or forsake us. Beautiful, Craig! Yes, I will be back!

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Debbie December 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I don’t want to let Him down, either, Craig! God bless you as you choose and help us to too!

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Katie December 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Relationships take choice to love so often, even our relationship with Jesus. I can choose to love and respect my husband or I can choose to sometimes love and respect him. There is a HUGE difference. The first honors him. The second only honors me and my selfishness. Relationship with Jesus is no difference. Choosing to do things that honor and reflect my love of Jesus and our relationship is so different from choosing to do things for my selfishness of a reward in heaven. I use to be the queen of what can I do to earn God’s love (after I already had his love to begin with and was a Christian). The more of a relationship with him I began having the more I have learned I don’t have to do anything to earn it. Thank you as always Craig.

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Katie December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Opps forgot to put in my new blog address, sorry. :)

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