Will You Do Exactly What You're Told?


I desire to do and say exactly what God tells me – not halfway, mostly, sort of, but exactly. I’m learning it takes constant focus. The more I do it, the easier it gets.

“For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:49-50, NIV)

There seems to be at least one employee who defies this description on every team. This person will argue and debate with you about everything you say.

They’re always difficult to deal with and the last person you want to go and ask to volunteer, to stay late, to come in early, to put a rush on the order! It seems, “Yes,” “OK,” “Sure,” “No problem,” or “I’ll be happy to” is beyond their capability.

This verse gets my attention every time I read it. Jesus, the obedient and faithful Son, always said and did exactly what God instructed. As leaders and managers, we strive to lead others in the pursuit of a common goal or purpose. We give instructions and expect our employees to comply, because we want to achieve our goal. As parents, we give our children instructions about: (1) washing dirty hands before dinner (2) brushing their teeth before bed (3) looking both ways before crossing the street (4) what to do when approached by strangers (5) the importance of using seat belts and obeying speed limits when driving (6) sexual abstinence and saying “No” to drugs and alcohol. We give these instructions because we love them and want them to be safe and flourish.

Looking back at my life, I never got in trouble, but had numerous acts of rebellion as a child of the 60’s. I praise God that I’m at a place where I desire to do and say exactly what God tells me – not halfway, mostly, sort of, but exactly. I’m learning it takes constant focus. I intentionally move more slowly now. I’m learning to stop and ask God for directions before I take action or speak. The more I do it, the easier it gets.

Have you asked Jesus to lead and guide your every step and every word you speak? Do you follow His instructions? If your answer is, “Not exactly,” I encourage you to start today.

Lord, thank You for leading and guiding my steps and the words of my mouth. Jesus, teach me to be faithful and obedient and to copy You in all I do and say. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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