Obedience

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The days ahead are looking troublesome. All around us we are finding struggles that are truly having an impact on our daily lives. I won’t talk about the virus except to say that we must do all we can to make sure that people are safe and we make it through this time.

We are going to have to obey all the hygiene guidelines so that the germs are dealt with properly. We have to obey those in the field of medicine. We will have to obey what we are directed to do on a day to day basis.

Bro. Allen Snapp always says it comes down to the big ‘O’. When he says this he is talking about obedience. He is talking about our relationship with Christ and our being obedient to the call God has given us.

God wants His people to obey Him. He said in Ex. 19:5 that “if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples…” Obedience is not an option for us as believers. God calls us to move into a relationship with Him of submission to His will.

Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:8 that those who stumble over Christ, the foundation, are living in disobedience. In 2:9 we find that Christians are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.” That distinction comes because of the obedience of Christ and His death on the cross. Obedience to Christ is important if we are to be what He desires us to be.

Obedience is important to God and remember that it is essential for our relationship with Him to be what He desires. 1 Samuel 15:22 says, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” God wants more from us than sacrifice and service. He wants obedience.

We must understand that without obedience in our lives the things we “do for God” will not be all He desires. In Christ, we are called to obedience that takes us from where we are to the place where God has called us. Isn’t it amazing that every step we take in obedience brings us one step closer to being all God would have us be.

God has given us many directives by which we are to live our lives. Each one is there so that we will be able to more completely accomplish God’s will. Yet just as a child may choose to disobey, we can as well.

Do you remember when you were young and you threw a ‘fit’ and your mother said – “Quit acting like a baby.” I am concerned that many times we get in front of God and tell Him that we don’t want to do what He said and He says – “Quit acting like a baby. Just do what I tell you to do and things will be fine.”

Obedience is not always easy. We struggle with doing what God calls us to do. Yet the promise of obedience in our lives is that we are His and no one can snatch us out of His hands. I believe that is the greatest reward of all in our lives.

With all that is going on in our world at this time, we must be obedient. Because I was obedient in answering God’s call to salvation, I have been forgiven and set free. Obedience to those who are watching over the needs of others at this time must be followed as well. Then we can be set free.

Each of us are free to follow whatever path we may choose. Yet we must understand that our obedience to God and yes, to the guidelines set forth in our lives is important. While the will of God is for us to be saved and set free, we must understand the guidelines set forth at this time are to set us free from the struggles we face.

Remember - be obedient in all you do.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at bropaul@centramedia.net.

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