Walking in obedience doesn’t always come easy, but is always necessary. It gives us an opportunity to grow in our relationship with Jesus. Can I love my kids? Sure, it’s easy to be obedient in that way, and we all should. But how about in situations where we are truly put to the test?
For example, you are walking with your boss to a conference room to meet with a client and her lawyer. And on the way he tells you, “no matter what you do, do not admit you lost the confidential document – we will say there was a break in last night and some stuff was taken. I even have a police report to back this story. Otherwise, the consequences are severe with the possibility of prison time.”
You both enter the room and find a seat. The lawyer presses record on his device. The first question he has for you is, “what happened to the document….?”
Could you remain honest? Could you remain obedient to God?
In the beginning of my faith walk it started with stuff like cursing, what kind of movies I’d watch, what I chose to listen to, etc. The basic worldly stuff many of us begin to confront. But, I learned to never approach with the idea that I’m going to stop cursing because God doesn’t like it. It was more like, I want to stop cursing because I love God and I want to show him how much I love him through my actions. He’s always been there for me, even today. I’ve found that when I do things his way, the results always come out better in the end, than if I did it my way. It’s in that moment you are filled with an overwhelming joy. Your new clear vision reveals that God is with you. So you repeat this process over and over and your faith in him continues to grow. Keep in mind to stay on guard, the devil has a plan for you too. He desperately wants you to break this process and fog your vision.
With love, actions speak so much louder than words and I could never match the action Jesus took to save us. Salvation, this was truly a gift. With any gift, we first must accept it. He suffered the cross then, and today he continues giving to us his love through blessing after blessing.
When someone gives you a gift out of the blue, have you ever felt a need to go out and buy a gift to give back to that person? How about at Christmas gatherings? Have you ever went into one concerned that someone might have went out of their way for you, and you just have to have something ready to give in return. But what can I give them? What do they want?
Consider the gift of salvation and the cost. How much did God go out of the way for you then, and still today? What can I give him in return? What does he want? I know he wants a relationship with me. What can I do to help grow this relationship? How can I be pleasing to my Father in Heaven?
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Walking in obedience, submission to him and his ways, is not always easy but today I am personally choosing to submit to his instruction. I choose to follow Christ.