Updated: Jan 25
Have you ever been completely obedient in a situation? What about to our Heavenly Father? It’s not easy, is it? Obedience is an acknowledgment that God is of ultimate worth, therefore obedience to Him is of great necessity.
I don’t know about you, but I have always had one foot in and one foot out. What I thought was important were things of the world; how many followers I had, what car I drove, or the house I was living in. In case you’re struggling in this same area, let me help you....
The number of followers you have doesn’t make you important. Hitler had millions. Jesus had 12. Material things come and go, and most importantly, it all belongs to Him. With this, I’ve struggled. I want to be of God, but also crave being part of this world. I make excuses to justify my behavior, friendships, and thoughts. I’ll obey when it is convenient to me, makes sense, or would serve in my favor to prove a point. Kind of sounds like selfishness, not obedience. God doesn’t say obey, but only if it fits inside your comfort zone or sounds convenient. Jesus dying on the cross, to have a relationship with us, was neither comfortable nor convenient.
If we go outside obeying God to get something, we have to stay outside of God to keep it. Ouch.
It wasn’t until I was laying in the hospital this past summer, at my very weakest, that I heard God so clearly; it was like someone yelling, with a megaphone, in my ear. “YOU. ARE. MINE. I am going to give you new eyes to see the world, a new mouth to speak words for my Kingdom, and ears to hear me clearly. This is a new breath in your lungs. I am going to soften your heart to give grace to others, and love Scot better.”
At the time, I thought I was dreaming or drugged from all the medications in my system. I didn’t realize that moment was truly going to change everything for me. My life, my heart, my walk, and those around me. The storm that was sent to break me, was going to be the storm that God used to make me. God was speaking, but again, I wasn’t listening.
The weeks to come would hold some of the hardest decisions I have had to make. But God! You see, obedience cannot be based on what we feel, which changes constantly. It has to be based on who He is, which does not change. My trust is in our Father, not in this world. I finally put my pride aside and allowed Him into the most vulnerable parts of who I am. I surrendered and full obedience happened.
Obedience to God begins with humility. John 14:21 says, “those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.” Read that out loud, those who ACCEPT my commandments and OBEY them are the ones who love me. Not when it’s convenient. Not when it fits in our schedule.
Ginger Harrington says, “Obedience is holiness in action.” When you obey God, you’re not missing out; what He is inviting you to do IS enough. If you’re like me, you might be trying to justify your actions by looking for a balance between obedience and sin. Stop... simply put, delayed obedience is disobedience. There is no balance.
What will God do with your life if you let Him lead the way?