I Corinthians 7:19b Keeping God’s commands is what counts.
Have you ever noticed how doing the right thing is a whole lot easier when you have a right attitude/good motives? Obedience just seems to flow out of a right attitude, when our motives are good – even when the circumstances are difficult.
Your spouse or kids or parents need help with something and you just got home and have just collapsed into a chair exhausted. All you want to do is relax. But when your heart is to help them, getting yourself up isn’t that difficult to do, in spite of how you feel.
But what happens when your attitude isn’t right? Doing the right thing can be made a lot more difficult if our wrong or bad attitude prevails. Another trap is to disobey because we wrongly focus on our motives rather than on repentance and obedience.
Godly Motives & Attitudes <—————Faith—————- > Obedience
Right motives and attitudes coupled with faith lead to obedience. The great news is that the opposite can happen! Obedience, coupled with faith (honesty with God) can lead to Godly motives and attitudes! This continuum can go either way!
When our attitudes/motives are less than they should be (or are awful), our obedience can become the framework for God to use in shaping and transforming them. Think of cement forms for laying a walkway. The forms are put into the correct shape and the cement is poured in. Once it hardens the forms are removed. Our obedience is like the concrete forms. It, coupled with our acknowledgement of our sin, provides the framework for God to use.
We cannot avoid obeying God because of a bad attitude. When I am in situations like this, I find myself confessing my sinful attitudes/motives to God and asking Him to transform them as I obey and do the right thing. Through my continued obedience and repentance, God transforms my heart moving it to the Godly end of the above continuum.
It is a marvelously redemptive process that we can confidently use whenever our attitudes and motives are less than they should be.