I am reminded of the number of times a certain proposition is made to us by God..."If you will...then I will." (Zechariah 3:7 NSRV)
God clearly shows unconditional love towards us as He invites us into relationship with Him. All we must do initially is 'believe & receive' the good news of Jesus and we step into God's family (John 1:12).
But it's also very evident that we are called to live by a certain set of standards from that point on. If I obediently make the right choices and take the right actions, then I will stay on track with God and His plan for my life.
Today God speaks to my heart about living out his "IF" in areas of my life where I need to follow His plan and obey His word more. Fortunately, He doesn't expect me to do it by my own power, but gives his Holy Spirit to be my guide, helper and challenger.
I wonder how many times I have missed out on God's "THEN" because I didn't live out the "IF"?