The gospel empowers our obedience.
When we understand he has secured everything we need we naturally follow him. When we soak in the gospel, enjoying his free grace in his word, we can’t help but obey. As we abide in him and he in us we bear much fruit (John 15:4-5).
It is the “grace of God” that is “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
When we discover in Jesus “treasure hidden in a field” we find motivation “in our joy to sell all we have to buy that field”. (Matthew 13:44)
Even your repentance ought to be motived by his love for “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
“We are to be perfected by the Spirit not the efforts of the flesh” (Gal 3:3). As we discover in God a loving heavenly father who is pursuing our good we find his commandments are no longer burdensome (1 John 5:1-3).
Being motivated by personal determination and will-power leads us to “honor him with our lips” but our hearts may be “far from him”. (Mark 7:6, Matt 15:8).
Got a fruit problem? Don’t strain to produce fruit. What tree does that? Soak in the soil of Jesus’ love and the sunshine of God’s grace. The nutrients will find their way to every member bringing Holy Spirit empowered fruit that lasts.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5-6
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
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