TOPIC: PROMPT OBEDIENCE
Memorise: And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer
me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Fellow
me; and let the dead bury their body. Matthew 8:21-22
Read: 1st Samuel 15:22-23,
15:22 And Samuel said, Hath 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 hearken than the fat of rams.
15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Bible in one year:
In the service of God, sacrifice is good. God expects all His children
to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to Him. He also expects
our sacrifices to be holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1). However, He
makes it clear that He prefers obedience to sacrifice. Jeremiah 7:23
“But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will
be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways
that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.”
Obedience is the act of doing what one is told to do. In the spiritual
sense, obedience is total submission to the written and spoken word
of God. It is an express but conditional commandment of God. In
Exodus 19:5, God instructed the Israelites to obey His voice:
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my
covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people for all the earth is mine:”
One distinguishing characteristic of those who are great in the things
of God is prompt obedience. The Bible contains so many stories of
men and women who become great for God as a result of their
obedience to His word. A classical example of a person whose
lifestyle was defined by prompt obedience was Abraham. Other
heroes of obedience include Joseph, Joshua, Ruth, David, Elijah,
Elisha and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Obedience entails learning (Hebrews 5:8). It involves God taking you
to His own school of theology. Here you are stripped of all knowledge
and pomposity in order to obey God in simple holiness and truth.
Obedience requires sincerity, genuineness and love. True obedience
comes from a heart of love. It is real and not mere eye service.
Obedience requires boldness. It takes boldness for a child of God to
obey him in this world of perversion and outright corruption. It takes
moral courage to live holy and move against the tide of sin. Don’t be
a moral coward. Be bold enough to say “no” to all acts of
unrighteousness. Speak out against sin anywhere you find yourself. A
true Christian is one who is neither ashamed of the gospel nor a
shame to the gospel. You can overcome the fear of man through
reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience requires humility.
It takes the grace of God to obey God all the way to the end. Are you
facing persecution because of your obedience to Christ? Don’t give
up! Don’t compromise your stand. Don’t allow yourself to be
distracted from the path of obedience. Obedience must not be done
haphazardly. Disobedience is rebellion, which is likened to witchcraft
(1 st Samuel 15:23).
Obey God, obey those who share the truth with you, obey your leader
and obey your body when it needs rest.