The ecstasy of obidience
Christians sometimes approach obedience as a way to avoid the negative consequences of disobedience. When this happens, obedience becomes a heavy burden. But God intended our walk of faith to be a thrilling adventure, motivated by our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to please Him. Obedience is about discovering more of God, not avoiding negative consequences.
The reason we equate doing God’s will with burden is that we tend to think of all the weighty decisions we might need to make. Yet the Lord doesn’t give us something He knows we can’t handle.
Our obedience in the smaller matters of life prepares us for bigger ones. When we place trust in the omnipotence of the Lord and act on His prompting, life becomes exciting.
We need not be fearful because God already knows the outcome of our obedience—and He promises that He does everything for our good. Though we sometimes think the situations are unrelated, the Lord continuously moves us through a variety of circumstances toward His overriding purpose for our lives.
If we become fearful of consequences and back off from obedience for the sake of safety, we deprive God of the opportunity to demonstrate His awesome power in us. Small choices may seem insignificant, but they lead toward a lifetime of walking with God.
As Christians, we have been called to be obedient to God in big things and little things, day in and day out, longer than we can do on our own, in our own strength. Living in godly obedience is sometimes hard, but God has anointed and equipped us for the job. We can do whatever we need to do with His help – and not only that, we can learn to do it with smiles on our faces!
For example, maybe you’re at the mall shopping when the Holy Spirit nudges you to pick up the blouse that slid off the hanger onto the floor, even though you weren’t the one who left it there. Or He’ll ask you to give away some material thing that you really love – to someone you don’t even like! At other times, God may ask you to stick with people and situations you’d rather run away from while He finishes His work in you.
The Bible shows a good example of someone who practiced godly obedience in a big way. The Bible in Genesis chapter 12 verse 1 tells us how God asked Abraham to leave his country and his father’s household and head to the country He would show him. That was something you cannot rely on if you don’t really trust God. Abraham obeyed God even when he didn’t know where he was going.
It takes discipline and self-control for us to lay down whatever we hold dear to in obedience to God, but it pays off at the end of the day. Abraham is called the father of faith in the Bible because of his obedience and trust in God.
When God says “no,” your flesh can get depressed, pout, feel sorry for itself, or react angry and upset. You have to discipline yourself to keep doing what God has commanded even though your flesh wants to scream. There may be times you want to tear your hair out because it’s just so hard. But if you will humble yourself enough to say to Him, “I am nothing without You,” and spend daily, intimate time with Him, God will give you supernatural strength to keep going. Stay close to Him and He will change your heart and your attitude and give you peace in your circumstances.
Trust that whatever God is asking you to do, He has your best interest at heart. Discipline yourself to submit to His authority, and He will bless you in ways you can’t even begin to imagine! Remember the scriptures in Romans verse 8 verses 28, the Bible says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His will.
The author is a graduate of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.