In the world that we live in today the word “obedience” is twisted. When we think of obedience we think of blindly following, not thinking for ourselves, to the point of abuse. When we think of obedience we think of fear, but what if fear is only one reason for obedience? What if stopped obeying out of fear and started obeying out of love?
Take a moment and think back. You’re sitting at home with your husband and your children. You get up and go into the kitchen to get yourself a drink. Your husband asks you to grab one for him too. You obey him and get him that drink. Why? Because you love him.
Now take a moment and think about your children. Think back to when they were babies. They cry in hunger. You feed them. They cry because they are wet. You change them. You obey their cries. Why? Because you love them.
It wasn’t until I became a preschool teacher that I truly began understanding that obedience and love have to co-exist. If you love someone, you obey them. The crazy thing about this though is most of the time we don’t even think about. It is what I tried to teach the children in my child care center. I didn’t want their obedience out of fear. I wanted it out of love.
As parents, you want your children to obey you. Why? Because they love you.
How much more does the Lord want our obedience? He wants our obedience, not of fear, but out of love. He wants our obedience to be an expression of our love for Him.
When we obey from love, we tell someone that we trust them, that we care for them, and that they can trust us.
God wants our love and our trust. We show him that when we are obedient to Him.
But being obedient to the Lord can seem much more difficult than being obedient to our parents or our spouses or other loved ones. Why? Because God’s voice doesn’t always seem clear to us.
God’s voice is clear though. It is our own hearts that have difficulty hearing.
His voice is clear through His Word. It is clear through the circumstances of our lives. It is clear through other people. It is clear in our own hearts. God’s voice is clear. We just have to be quiet enough to hear it.
Then we need to obey it.
It is that simple and that difficult. Living in obedience to God is not easy. It will be a radical existence from the one that the world says we need to live.
It means taking our passions, our desires, and our talents and giving them to the Lord. It means spreading the Gospel. It means loving others even when they don’t love us.
What is God asking you to do today? What is the dream that God has placed in your heart?
Start. What is the first step in the dream that God has given you? Do it.