Beyond Duty

Have to

What I told my children, I now tell my grandkids. When they say, “I don’t want to,” I respond, “You don’t have to want to; you just have to do it!”


Although that’s not what they want to hear, they must learn that the Bible teaches children to submit to parents, workers to supervisors, citizens to government, and all of us to God.

“‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit therefore to God” (James 4:6-7).

Want to

It takes humility to submit. It takes maturity to submit willingly, with a good attitude.

May God help us mature beyond obeying from a mere sense of duty, to the point where we can say, as Jesus did, “I delight to do Your will, O my God . . .” (Psalm 40:8).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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