If we are following Christ simply because we know it’s the right thing to do, we are missing the whole point of our salvation. Not only are we missing the point, but we are walking in religion rather than in love.
God is love. And God so loved the world He gave His only Son. It does not say, “For God so wanted the world to obey Him He gave His only Son.” Obedience is important, but notice what Christ says should be the only precursor for obedience:
“If you love Me, you will obey Me.” (John 14:23)
Are we fooling ourselves into thinking we are obeying God because behaviorally we are “good?” I guarantee if you do not have a deep love for Christ that is rooted in the understanding and conviction of all that He has done for you though you don’t deserve it in the slightest, then you are not really obeying Him. The bible says if you break one commandment, you’ve broken them all. You may not be lusting, but you’re gossiping. You may not be a drunkard, but you’re prideful.
When someone is just trying to obey Jesus because he knows that’s the right thing to do, it’s somewhat obvious. And when someone is obeying Jesus because he really loves Him, it’s also obvious.
My challenge to you is to really examine your heart; your motives. Why do you follow Christ? If the first answer is not something along the lines of, “Because I’m so utterly grateful for all that He has done for me, He is so worthy of my love and devotion because of who He is and what He did for me and does for me on a daily basis,” then I would suggest you really pray and ask God to help you fall in love with Him. Ask Him for a revelation, a great understanding of the depth of His love and His worthiness to be worshipped. Ask Him to give you a passionate love for Him. If you’re sincere, He will answer.
I pray you come to that most powerful revelation and begin to walk in genuine love for Christ.
Grace and peace to you,