Obedience: The Evidence of a Life Well Lived
“This is love for God: to keep his commands. His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” -I John 5:3-4
Knowledge, just for the sake of knowledge, is worth nothing. If I know the truth, but never act on that knowledge, what do I gain? The Bible is clear: I am not only called to trust, but also to obey. I am reminded of the year that Gilbert and I were foster parents… the children in our home could tell us that they loved us all day long, but the proof of that love was in their obedience. Their defiance was evidence that they neither chose to believe the rules, nor did they respect us enough to honor them.
Rebellion and disobedience come all too naturally for every one of us; we simply cannot see that boundaries are there for our protection.
At first glance, you might say that no one is capable of keeping the 10 commandments ALL of the time. And - unless you’re Jesus - you’d be right. The process is called sanctification. It’s a big word that means we are choosing to become more and more like Jesus every day we walk this earth. Perfection will never come, but obedience will become more and more natural. Yet - how do we measure it? With obedience our hearts will be softened. With disobedience: hard as a rock, unyielding.
So- how do we overcome this world? One decision at a time. Choosing to follow Christ by obedience to His commands. It’s as simple as that.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you so much for being the perfect example for all of us. Not even from death did you shrink back! Sometimes it takes that kind of courage to obey and sometimes it’s as easy as keeping quiet. Thank you for walking life’s journey with us. Thank you for sending us like minded friends along the way; friends to sharpen us and encourage us for the battles that lie dimly at a distance. We LOVE you more than words can express, LORD. May we PROVE our LOVE through obedience. Amen