Many times, non-believers will say, “why be saved? If I get saved, then I will have to do what God wants me to do. And, why?”
The reason is simple. A child of God must obey God because God said so – just as He told Abraham: “When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless…” Genesis 17:1
God is the creator of us and the universe. We have life because of God. He has the ownership rights to speak over us and the earth.
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He told us to be perfect as the father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:38). In other words, we should aspire to be Christ-like as much as possible, being devoted to God’s desires rather than our own and extending His love and mercy to others.
However, some still want to debate the reason why God tells us to obey Him. Well, why do we ‘say so’ when instructing our children? We give our children life and/or a livelihood – whether we are biological, adoptive, foster, or step- parents. We strive to give them the best life we can because we love them. We tell them what to do as we are raising them because we are protecting them, and we know what is best for them.
Our heavenly Father gave us life (literally) because He loves us. Therefore, He wants to give us life, spiritually, eternally. When we accept His love and forgiveness, He is always teaching us and guiding us. The level of teaching and what we are asked to do changes as our spiritual maturity changes. God will be asking us to step out of our comfort zone while serving Him; this matures us spiritually and grows our faith.
Part of becoming a born-again believer is your commitment to follow Jesus and His commandments. With a commitment comes responsibility. We have a responsibility with the gift of salvation: obedience.