Why do you want to obey God?
That’s an interesting question. The question makes the assumption that you actually do want to obey God! I suppose this should not be assumed. There are those who don’t know God who obviously then don’t want to obey Him. Unfortunately, there are false doctrines encouraging people that obedience is unnecessary and might even be wrong.
But, for true believers the assumption is pretty safe that you want to, so the question again is: why?
Solomon gives a speech at the dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8, it’s a cool passage. Near the end he tells Israel to obey God and asks God to bless Israel for their obedience. The reason why Solomon wants Israel to obey and God to bless is so
“That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.”
“Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.”
Solomon didn’t want blessing so he could roll around in super-abundant hedonistic narcissism. He wanted blessing so that people would know that God was God.
I’ve heard many reasons given as to why God should be obeyed:
receive health and wealth
get prayers answered
so you can be happy in Jesusbecause you’re better than that
because He’s God
Some of those aren’t horrible reasons, some are flat-out blasphemous, I’ll let you decide which are which!
But obeying God that others may know Him, as Jesus said we should do your good works before men so they may “see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” is one that’s often avoided. Perhaps it sounds arrogant.
With today’s aversion to good works, we like to think we’re “doing it for God” and if anyone sees them then it’s merely self-righteousness. But the Apostle Paul actually says the good works we do are done to be helpful for other people.
Our obedience to God is done for God, this is true, but they also benefit other people, and can ultimately bring others to a knowledge of God. Let us not fear doing good, especially if our motivation is to bring others to know Him.