In his book “The Prodigal God” Timothy Keller writes the following ” Religion operates on the principle ‘I obey therefore I am accepted by God. The basic operating principle of the Gospel is ‘I am accepted by God through the work of Jesus Christ — therefore I obey.'”
Do you see the difference between the two? The first operates on the principle of us needing to do something to earn our faith. It is by works. The second is God’s initiative, not ours. It is entirely of Him, in Him and by Him. We have nothing to do with earning our faith, all we need to do is believe on Jesus and in His saving work accomplished for us.
Our obedience comes not because we need to obey in order to gain our faith. Rather it comes out of gratitude for what God has done for us. But why is obedience so difficult for us? Why do we rebel at the thought of submission and obedience? It is because of a little thing called pride.
So often our egos get in the way of our service to God. We sometimes think that something is below us and therefore wait for someone else to do it, when all along it is where God wants us to be. It is in times like this that we would do well to remember that we have our faith because we have been accepted by God, Afterall, faith is the greatest gift we have been given or will ever receive, Thanks be to God!