Obedience to God
A sight of God leads to a realization of our littleness and nothingness, and issues in a sense of dependency and of casting ourselves upon God. Or, again; a view of the Divine Majesty promotes the spirit of godly fear and this, in turn, begets an obedient walk. Here then is the Divine antidote for the native evil of our hearts. Naturally, man is filled with a sense of his own importance, with his greatness and self-sufficiency; in a word, with pride and rebellion. But, the great corrective is to behold the Mighty God, for this alone will really humble him. Man will glory either in himself or in God. Man will live either to serve and please himself, or he will seek to serve and please the Lord. No man can serve two masters.
FAITH AND OBEDIENCE
Anyone who claims salvation by grace in Christ Jesus, who claims he is righteous before God based solely upon the righteousness of Christ freely imputed and received by faith, but who does not see the value, the importance, and even the necessity of morality, virtuous character and conduct, temperance, good works, obedience, diligence in worship and love, needs to examine the validity of his faith. James wrote that the kind of faith that is not accompanied by good works cannot save (James 2:14). He called it dead faith (James 2:17).