Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. 18 I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s law will remain until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you-unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus is saying that those who would listen needed a different kind of obedience altogether (out of love for God), not just a copy of what the Pharisees’ did out of obligation. Their obedience was out of the glory they received for being “holy.”  It was not from a heart that was grateful for love received, but out of what they could personally receive.  Our obedience must come from what God does in us, not what we can do by ourselves.  It must be Christ centered, not self-centered.  It should be based on reverence for God and not approval from people and it should go beyond just keeping the law to living by the principles behind the law.  Which is the love received makes a redeemed heart grateful and wanting to do His will.  A changed heart is a vessel that God can work through because of His love and His grace given.  It is not out of what can be gained, but what can be given.  Obedience to God is given because of what He gave.  What does your walk for Him show to the world?  Does it show the work He has done in you or does it show the work you have done?  Remember only the work He has done in you will go into eternity with you and everything else will be burned away. Let your appreciation for grace received show in all that you do.

Have a God Day!