Have to? Need to? Or WANT to?


For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 1 Corinthians 9:19


There are three reasons for being obedient:

  • A slave obeys because he has to.
  • An employee obeys because he needs to.
  • But a loving son obeys because he wants to.

So many of us live like slaves, obeying out of obligation, when Jesus has said, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth. But I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you” (John 15:15).


I don’t work for my salvation—that work has been done by my Lord. But I will work like any slave for the love of God. What about you?