Obedience. Something so many of us struggle with. Obedience goes against everything our flesh craves - me, me, me and more me. We struggle with obedience because often times it feels completely contrary to our innate desires to preserve our image and lifestyle and it’s hard to walk away from our comfortability.
Obedience always requires sacrifice… of pride, of self and the opinions of others. It may even require a sacrifice of time, money and your standard of living. And yet, dying to yourself is the only way to fully participate in the mission and joy of furthering God’s kingdom on this side of eternity.
By God’s grace and love for us, He sent His Son Jesus to earth to be the ultimate sacrifice we needed for the redemption of our sins (John 3:16). When Jesus put on human flesh, He felt and experienced everything we face, and yet remained perfect. We read in Philippians 4:8 that “being found in human form, He humbled himself by
becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Jesus’ obedience to the Father lead to our undeserved freedom.
As believers, we are capable to walk out our obedience to Christ from the overflow of grace extended to us by Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy...
- Being generous with finances is not easy.
- Living a life of integrity is not easy.
- Holding our tongue when someone has wronged us is not easy.
- Allowing someone to make remarks about the way you live your life is not easy.
- Leaving a comfortable lifestyle to live more on mission is not easy.
- Confessing our sins to others is not easy.
We are guaranteed to mess it all up, friend. We’re going to disobey with our thoughts, our words and our actions but His mercies are new every morning. God promises He will be with us, and it is always worth it.
The next time you are faced with an act of obedience, think to yourself “Would I rather be right with God as I walk in obedience or right with man?”
- What is a next step of obedience in your life today?
- Where is God asking you to live sent right now?
- What is the hardest part of obedience for you?
- What fruit have you see come from acts of obedience in the past?
- How can you encourage your friends to walk out in obedience?
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you
shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.