One of the pitfalls in our faith life is trying to seek our identity through obedience.
There is a path to identity and to obedience but getting them in the proper order clarifies your identity AND helps you be more obedient to God. One path leads to legalism; the other to fulfillment.
God offers us a covenant. If we accept, this covenant of love conveys to us an identity that leads us to desire to do the will of God, who loves us, and to live in obedience to Him.
Some believers have inverted this order. They have tried to find their identity and worth in God’s sight by trying to please and obey God. But it is impossible to obey our way to the Father.
Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The more deeply we trust the Father’s adoption of us as His children, the greater our passion to do His will becomes. The more fully we recognize our Father as the King of the universe, the greater our confidence in the authority Jesus has given us becomes. The more we step out in faith by claiming that authority to do the will of our Father as Jesus did, the greater power is available for us to do God’s will. This is the secret to living the abundant, transformational, extraordinary life Jesus modeled for us.