A habit of obedience

There are times when obedience to God is overlooked. Many people have become nonchalant about the importance of following the Word of God. It’s a “if it applies to me” kind of generation; and “if it doesn’t apply to me,” or “isn’t in line with my thinking” kind of mentality. Why is it so important we obey God’s commands? Why is it so important we do what God asks us to do?

Consider Noah, his obedience to God’s direction saved the extinction of mankind. Abraham’s willingness to be faithful built nations from which we are descendants. Joseph, Moses, Daniel, Esther, Ruth, Elijah, Elisha, Gideon, Elizabeth, Mary and the list goes on. Jesus’ obedience to God’s plan gave us salvation. It is amazing to consider how it just takes one person’s willingness to listen, to change a world.

What about partial obedience? There are some of you who obey a portion of God’s Word but disregard the part you think is impractical or not of this culture. King Saul couldn’t agree with you more. In 1 Samuel 15, God instructed him to completely destroy the Amalikites, their livestock, and all their possessions. Saul thought it a good idea to spare the best of the sheep and cattle, and he wanted to parade the king of the Amalikites through the town. He reasoned it was good PR for him. Partial obedience is the same as disobedience; only in a different flavor. When the prophet Samuel questioned him as to his reasons, Saul assured him, he had saved the sheep and cattle to sacrifice them to God. Even if our motives are good, disobedience to God is disobedience to God.

John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

John 15:10, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”

When obedience becomes a habit in our lives, God can trust us. God honors obedience and rewards those who obey His commands.

Revelation 2:26, “To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations…”

The question then remains, can He count on you?

Today as you go to God in prayer, ask Him for direction. Consider the actions in your life that are disobedient. Ask God’s forgiveness and help in not repeating the sin. Start today, fresh and new, walking obediently in the Word of God.

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