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Conditional Obedience

February 23, 2009

Is there a limit on what you will do for God?

This question came up in a study of the book Crazy Love and upon reflection I really didn’t like the answer I was coming up with.

Often times I have conditional obedience.

A few weeks ago I felt like God was prompting me to offer some help to someone.  I was excited to help and quickly obeyed and offered to help him with his situation.  He was very grateful and we agreed to meet the next day.  It wasn’t until I was driving home that night that I realized I had no idea how much money this was going to cost me.  I was genuinely worried.

What would I say to him if it were too much money?  How much was I willing to spend on this guy?  I heard clearly that I was supposed to help him, but I had a limit on my obedience.

Later I found out that this person was making some choices that I didn’t agree with and he probably wouldn’t need my help if he were making better decisions.  So I wondered, “Why am I helping this guy when he could be helping himself.”  I was willing to be obedient and help as long as I was able to condone his behavior first.

Lord, let me have unconditional obedience and stretch my limit on what I am willing to do for you.

Is there a limit on what you will do for God?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2009 8:40 am

    good question. I’m sure I have limits. And I’m not too proud of that.

  2. Mom permalink
    February 26, 2009 2:47 pm

    Your prayer is defintely the correct response. Many times, all of us find ourselves in situations where we knew to do right and chose to do the opposite only to need Jesus’ help out of another mess we created ourselves. And that kind of help usually comes through another individual. Remember, if we hadn’t sinned ourselves, we wouldn’t have needed a Savior. It’s so easy to justify things that others may consider “questionable” when it’s about us, but then turn right around and judge someone else for his/her wrong choices. Jesus put it this way, “Why do you judge others, when you do the same thing?” That may be the very reason Jesus said, “Whatsoever you do for the least of these My brothers, you do unto Me.” By reaching out and helping those who find themselves in need because of wrong choices, is following Jesus’ example in the most caring way and is exactly what He did for you and me. The neat thing about doing it Jesus’ way is that when it costs us something to help others, we are reminded the next time we find ourselves in a questionable delima, not to make a similar mistake. Maturity in Christ comes when we learn to overcome selfish choices, which usually means we will have more time and money to reach out to our weaker brothers/sisters in Christ who need our help, and by doing so, fulfill Jesus’ command to us.

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