Obedient - Being Like Jesus Series #7
As adults, obedience is something we don't choose to think about. We feel that we can direct our own lives; we don't have to bow our head to other's directions. But consider this in any job, we ultimately do what the boss says. We may feel we have more freedom but what our impression is, if not agreed upon by the "company," will mean release from our duties.
God said that children are to "honor your father and your mother." (Exodus 20:12) It's right there as commandment five of the Ten Commandments. Paul added to the front of this statement a clarification by saying, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." (Ephesians 6:1) Then he goes on and repeats the Exodus verse. Obeying certainly is a part of honoring.
Obedience is clearly defined in Scripture as doing exactly what you are told to do, immediately, with the right heart attitude. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit and he immediately went. (Luke 4:1) And, it also says he was "full of the Holy Spirit" when he did go. Filling is a necessity for obedience.
Jesus was obedient to his parents, returning to Nazareth with them in Luke 2:51. He was also obedient to Father God when he "humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8) Obedience is a necessity for every believer and it was demonstrated regularly by Jesus. So, "although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…" (Hebrews 5:8) He obeyed and it was to our benefit.John summarizes the motive behind our obedience when he says, "And this is love, that we walk in obedience to his commands." (2 John 6) Love is behind being obedient. We love God so we obey. How are you ignoring the element of obedience in your life? Where is God prompting you to obey?