Willingly Obedient?

This week lectures were on the Lordship of Christ. The subject could also be defined as discipleship. I really enjoyed the topic and, whilst not ‘new’ material, I’d be worried if it hadn’t left an imprint on me once more. It needs to be more than a topic, it needs to become a way of life, as we continually lay down our own will and our own rights in order to take up the cross and follow Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Willingly comes from the Greek word ekousios, which means “voluntarily” or “spontaneously”; Immediately; At once. God desires our obedience. There is no if, buts, or may bes. He does not only want our obedience, He wants it immediately. Delayed or partial obedience is no obedience at all. What if I was to obediently stop at half of the red lights on my drive home? Disobedience has consequences. To walk in obedience brings us blessings, greater intimacy with Him, and revelation of His character.

We are often so afraid – what will God call me to do? But WHY?
• Because we do not understand the call of God.
• God WILL NEVER call us to a place that He will not give us the grace and ability to do.

We also often believe that God is only interested in our hearts. But this is another wrong understanding. God wants all of us to be fully submitted to Him: our mind/ thoughts, our actions, our emotions, bodies, our plans and dreams, our imagination, memory and reasoning.

Matt 16:24-25 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. – Lordship is submitting to the authority of Jesus over EVERY area of life.

God wants people willing to walk in obedience to His call on their life. It requires laying down our rights. We cannot serve both God and self-will. Ask God today what you may need to lay down at the foot of the cross. Be it the right to comfort, possessions, family, acceptance, comfort, to be ‘right’ in the argument, to receive praise for an accomplishment. Christ called us to a place of servanthood. He associated with the lowly, downcast and broken. He calls us to follow Him.

Does God want us to obey Him?
• God wants us to do EVERYTHING He commanded us to do
o Deut 5:32 You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
 Not half, not more, EXACTLY what He tells us to do.
• Obedience to God involves listening to what He says
o 1 Sam 15:22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

End of the Matter = There is no point in learning more about God and digging into His Word if we are not going to walk in obedience! Obedience = love of God. Obedience is better than sacrifices.

Are you walking in obedience?

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