Pastor’ Blog “The Long Obedience” May 6, 2018
The very word can and does create strong emotion. It can and often does produce a reaction that reveals the heart: no one is going to tell me what to do or how to live.
Sounds like pride to me. I should know: I am human.
Obedience becomes a battleground because it requires us to make a decision. Obeying is not an emotion. Obedience is not a onetime response.
Obedience separates disciples from followers of Jesus. “Yeah, I am a follower of Jesus.” The question is “Am I a disciple of Jesus?” The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Probably the most quoted scripture about obedience is found in 1 Samuel… “Obedience is better than a sacrifice.” So true.
My favorite is 1 John 5:3 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…”
This scripture spotlights the decision to be mature in our relationship with God. Love for God and obedience to His commands are linked. Obedience requires love, trust and submission. Why? Does God want to control every aspect of our lives? No. He wants our lives to work. He wants to bless us. To quote Ron Mehl, one of the great influences in my life, “If you want to be blessed, be blessable.”
And because of love, keeping His commandments is not a burden. It is a joy because we love God. When obedience becomes a burden, it is time for a heart check.
This requires “the long obedience:” not a onetime response…the choice of a lifetime.
By this we know that we have come to know Him….