Obedience to God and living an obedient life helps a believer grow closer to Christ. Obedience in the Christian walk is important so that you can continue to grow and know God’s will. Jesus said that the evidence of a personal relationship with him is doing God’s will. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’” [Matthew 7:21] Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. Only those who are in a genuine relationship with Christ are the true Christians. Those who know Christ will want to obey him and follow His will. This does not mean that a believer will always do the right things or never sin. It only means that believers have been changed by God’s grace and now WALK in relationship with him, following him and living the life that he lived.
Obedience shows our love for Jesus. Christians are not just robots, blindly doing what Jesus says without knowing why. We have a love for Christ that so overwhelms that we cannot help but do what he wants. In John 14:21-24, Jesus makes this connection. “If you love me, you will obey what I command…Whoever has my commands and obey them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
These are not threats to make us want to love Jesus! Our actions show where our hearts are really. When we really understand God’s love and the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross, we want to obey him--because we love him so much! When you are in a love relationship, obedience becomes a natural thing.
One of the main reason God wants us to be obedient is that He knows what is best for us but also he wants us to live the good life of obedience, holiness and purity. I Thessalonians 4:3 says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality.” Sanctified means “set apart” for God. We are in a special relationship with God and because God is holy he wants us to live holy lives also that are pleasing to him. I Thessalonians 4:8 says, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” He has called us to this type of obedience because he loves us and wants what’s best for us.
Sometimes believers do not always do what is right but the Holy Spirit is always there to guide us and convict us so that we will get back on the right track and repent of our sin that grieves God.
Start your new WALK with Christ with obedience. You can find out more about this by studying the WALK presentation, follow the banner link below.
Mon, February 22, 2010
by John Brimacombe