The second part of Jesus’ statement in John 14:21 reveals that obedience and love for Christ impact two other parts of our spiritual life. Our love for Christ becomes tangible on the pathway of obedience to Christ. That pathway of obedience leads to the love of the Father for us. Now, we know that God’s love is not dependent upon us and our obedience. But our experience of God is tied to our love for God.
As the next part of Jesus’ statement makes clear, our love for Christ leads not only to an experience of Christ’s love for us, but also His revelation of Himself to us. Obedience is a key element toward seeing Jesus.
Do we want to see Jesus more clearly in our everyday lives? Do we want Jesus to show Himself to us? Then we should begin in obedience. In a Scripture I referenced earlier, we hear it this way:
Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them. (John 14:23)
Our experience of God will grow as we choose the path of obedience.