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January 21, 2018

Is Obeying God a Have to or Get to?

Obedience in the Christian life is a struggle between have-to and get-to. One the one hand the Christian believer is obligated to follow Jesus. It is as basic as Jesus’ two word command, “follow me”. That is the have-to part. But there is also the get-to. Obeying the Lord is the privilege of having been renewed in heart and enabled in will to make God happy. Making God happy is the get-to. It also insures that we will be happy. Surely we won’t be trouble free, but we will be in harmony with God joy. And God’s joy is ours. We become filled with joy and the get-to is the dominant thought that swallows up the have-to.

About Clint Humfrey

Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm married with three sons. Views expressed on this blog are my own.