I am posting this for Becky, a Lutheran lady from St. Paul’s who does not use the computer, but likes to write. She is one of our adult Sunday School teachers. I hope you enjoy her thoughts on this month’s topic, obedience.
A Christian is called to obedience and discipleship. God is to be loved and listened to and obeyed.
“The Lord our God is one Lord and you shall love Him with all your heart and soul and might” Deuteronomy 6:4 (the law of love)
Be exclusively devoted to God and learn His commandments and obey them. Our entire being must be totally committed and obedient–our total being with love–our absolute devotion to God with all we have. We need to seek the truth. His word is truth and needs to be known and obeyed. When we worship, we come together before a loving God to honor Him for His greatness and focus on listening to hear His Holy Word. We have to be exposed to the Word and open our hearts to transformation through faith and obedience. Willing obedience is the response of gratitude for the gift of eternal life.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
We respond to God’s promises and commands out of love and gratitude and devotion to Him. In lifting our hearts to God and being instructed by Him, we express our love for Him. God commands us to be consistent in our Christian conduct. What we profess must be revealed in our actions. Where words and deeds are in harmony, faith and works go hand in hand.
With the perfect obedience of Jesus, we, through faith and love can now in Christ obey God and be saved(Romans 5:19). Christ’s obedience teaches us obedience through believing in His saving work. We join with Him and receive the promise of eternal salvation.
“Who in the days of His flesh, Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8
Doing good to others is part of our commitment to God.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments.” 1 John 5:2
Our walk of obedience to God gives us a heart guided and nurtured by the Holy Spirit in all areas of our lives to grow in our love for Jesus. May we each offer ourselves to God in trust and obedience.