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Why Do We Do What We Do?

by Daniel J.M. Galpin

As Christ followers, that is disciplines, we must all come to the place where we ask ourselves this question: Why do we do what we do? A simple question, yet the answer reveals so much about us. So, as Christians, why do we do what we do?

To some they seek to be righteous before a Holy God, which is a good thing and our calling, yet (Isa 64:6) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Others seek the rewards God will bestow them on the day we stand before Him, yet who rightly deserves those rewards? Is it not Christ who did His work in and through us: (Phil 3:9) “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Yet others it is our Christian duty, while true, it cannot be our motive. Why do you do what you do? What is your heart's motive?

Christ says (Matt 11:30) “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”, yet I and all I know say the Christian life is hard. Can it be that we are not focused on what Christ is focused and therefore we have caused Christ's yoke and burden to be difficult?

What if we took that task of being a Christian as a child to a parent. We merely obey, not for reward or to be righteous, rather just because God says to. Would not that make the burden light? We have not goal to reach in obtaining holiness, rather rest in God's holiness given to us through the finished work of Christ. I'm NOT saying we do as we please (Rom 6:1-2) “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”. I'm simply saying enjoy the Father as a child enjoys his father and seek to please Him merely because He asks us to, no other reason.

If this be our motive, to please God be because we LOVE Him, not because it's our duty, the burden would indeed be light! Just as when we had our first love, we relished just to be in their presents and we did everything their way, why? We were in LOVE. Take that picture and place it on our relationship with God. Do what we do for LOVE! There is no lighter yoke! There is no yoke at all in this sense!