Hello everyone! I hope your new year has been going well so far. This post today correlates with my word for the year, which is intentionality, you can read more about that here.
Obedience is something we’re commanded to do in the scriptures. But as we delve more deeply into the word of God, we find that it is so much more than some mindless command. We see that while we are commanded to do it; we should also, as Christians, want to do it. As Christians we should long to please our heavenly father and how do we please Him? Jesus, our Savior, speaks to us “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” 1
It’s as simple as that. Our love and appreciation for our Father will compel us to follow His commandments.
I would like to go back to one thing for just a second. Our God is our merciful Savior who loves us and cares for us. He thankfully works out our obedience for our good. He is incredibly benevolent. Even if this wasn’t the case and our obedience didn’t always mean that we would be blessed. As Christians, we would still be called to obey Him with a heart of gratitude. We must think about how we would act in that situation. Would we still follow Him to the ends of the earth? Or should you ask yourself if you would even do that now, knowing that every commandment is for your good… It’s a hard question to answer. Looking into my own heart, I can see that my answer would sometimes be “no.”
Thankfully we are given His infinite mercy. He is great and His commandments are for our benefit. James 1:25 reminds us, “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer, but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
When we grow in our faith our love for our heavenly father also grows. As we delve deeper into the Bible we see who our heavenly father is. We see His mercy and how He has provided for His people, from Job all the way to us as we sit here and read this. He is constantly working good in those who love Him. 2 Look back into your life and pinpoint all of the wonderful things He has done for us. His love for us motivates our love for Him, which is shown through our obedience. Our father-daughter relationship with God also is a large motivator as well. We long to please our father.
So knowing that obedience to Him is one of the greatest displays of our love for Him, how do we do it? We must first know what His commandments are. Without this knowledge, we are completely lost. God has graciously given us the Bible so that we can know Him more fully. This is why it is so important to know His words and to meditate on them. 1 Chronicles 16:11 reminds us of our need for him, “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.” Every aspect of our lives should be immersed in His words. This is, of course, a lot easier said than done, but through His grace, we have the ability to persevere.
Redeemed by the King