Daily Light – Mar 21, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Con’t…taken from… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Continuing with …..Justification is God’s solution to the false idea of “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself and find significance.”
Reasons For Obedience  (Six Reasons To Obey…today, reasons #4 and #5)
The love of God and His acceptance of us are based on grace, His unmerited favor.  They are not based on our ability to impress God through our good deeds.  But if we are accepted on the basis of His grace and not our deeds, why should we obey God?  Here are six compelling reason
Reason #4 and #5:  His Commands For Us Are Good
God’s commands are given for two good purposes:  to protect us from the destructiveness of sin and to direct us into a life of joy and fruitfulness.  We have a wrong perspective if we only view God’s commands as restrictions in our lives.  Instead, we must realize that His commands are guidelines, given so that we might enjoy life to the fullest.  Obedience to God’s commands should never be considered as a means to gain His approval. 
In today’s society, we have lost the concept of doing something because it is the right thing to do.  Instead, we do things in exchange for some reward or favor, or to avoid punishment.  Wouldn’t it be novel to do something simply because it is the right thing to do?  God’s commands are holy, right, and good, and the Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and strength to keep them.  Therefore, since they have value in themselves, we can choose to obey God and follow His commands.  
Reason #5:  Eternal Rewards
Yet another compelling reason to live for God’s glory is the fact that we will be rewarded in heaven for our service to Him.  Two passages clearly illustrate this fact:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.  (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
Through Christ’s payment for us on the cross, we have escaped eternal judgment; however, our actions will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ.  There, our performance will be evaluated and rewards presented for service to God.  Rewards will be given for deeds that reflect a desire to honor Christ, but deeds peformed in an attempt to earn God’s acceptance, earn the approval of others, or meet our own standards will be rejected by God and consumed by fire.  
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