Your obedience pleases God because it demonstrates that you love Him. So if you love Him, you’ll want to do what He says. He even said so Himself. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commands. (John 14:15)”. And, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching…(14:23)” and Scripture says elsewhere, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments… (1 John 5:3)”. Anyone who says, “I love God,” and yet never obeys Him is a liar and is self-deceived. Real love for God will always show itself in obedience to God. Surely you’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” Well it’s true.
Your obedience also pleases God because it demonstrates that you trust Him. Let me share some more Scriptures with you: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) “For I know the plans I have for you.” Says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) “His commands are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)”, “… what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart, and to keep the LORD’S commands and His decrees which I am giving you today for your own good. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)”.
If I could tell you a guaranteed, easy, and legal way to go out and make a million dollars in just one day would you do what I told you to? If you believed me you would. In the same way, if you believe that the Bible is really inspired by God then you’ll believe the verses I just gave you and (with God’s help) you’ll do what the Bible tells you to. People consistently disobey God for the same two reasons as those who obey God. … remember what they were? Love and trust. A person deliberately disobeys God because they don’t love Him and don’t trust Him. But God is not trying to rob us of the joys of this life, rather, He is trying to help us to avoid those things that can seem desirable up front but hurt us in the end. He wants us to reject these things rather than “enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25), because “these things result in death” (Romans 6:21).
So if you really love and trust God you’ll obey Him. The Bible says, “Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? (James 2:18-20)”. Likewise Scripture says a little earlier in that same book, “And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. (James 1:22)”.