“Above all, fear the Lord and worship Him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things he has done for you.” -1 Samuel 12:24
Too often I forget that my obedience to God is not so that I will be blessed, but rather a response to already being blessed.
I am faithful to him because he was faithful to me.
I have to maintain this perspective or else it will all crumble. Because if I’m obeying God to get some type of reward, I’ll always fail and start over. But if I cut out obedience entirely and simply think God will continue to bless me—that I can do whatever I want, I’ll also fail and undermine his grace.
So there’s that radical middle again, that wonderful balance of obeying him out of love and not out of legalism. You lean too far into obedience and you’ll find yourself stuck in mere tradition. You lean too far into believing your actions will never change God’s blessing and you’ll be a miserable person caught up in thinking repentance doesn’t mean change.
The fact is this: we should always strive to be better in our lives—not instantly perfect—but slowly growing like a tree that will bear more and more fruit in our lives and other’s.