May 26 The Wellspring of Worship

Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 15:1–23

Key verse: John 21:15

When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

Joni Eareckson Tada, the gifted author and artist who was paralyzed in an accident as a teenager, was once asked to share her favorite Scripture. Her response was precise:

“My favorite verse in the Bible is Jesus’ terse question to Peter: ‘Lovest thou Me?’ ” (John 21:15).

Herein is the heart of an obedient life—love and devotion for God. Obedience to Christ was not designed as a chore. While we may initially submit due to fear or a sense of obligation, God desires compliance from sheer delight in Him.

David exclaimed, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps. 40:8).

Can you join in that joyful refrain? Is obedience to God a drudgery, motivated by fear of retribution? Do you comply only so you will not feel guilty? The wellspring of genuine Christianity and true worship is a passion to please the Savior who redeemed you and now indwells you through His Spirit.

Fear or duty will carry you only so far, but love for God will carry you through everything. Obedience still may be hard at times, but it will never again be toilsome. Lovest thou God? If your answer is yes, obedience will be spontaneous.

I delight to do Your will, O God. Your law is within my heart. Give me a passion to please You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 153). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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