April 15, 2019
It’s Monday or as some refer to it as “Holy Monday.” Yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week or Passion Week. We could talk today about all the different days and the timeline through scripture including the meaning of Maunday Thursday and so on. But for me I find it helpful to focus this week on the suffering of Christ and the price that was paid for me. I know this is something we should always be cognizant of but I believe this week is a time when that should be crystallized for us. For me it is a somewhat solemn week in thinking about my sin and how that is why Jesus had to go to the cross. I am reminded of the blood that was shed for me and the pain that was endured for me. It is humbling and convicting as I think about how much God did for me because He loved me so much. For me, I don’t even think about the resurrection during this week until sunrise this coming Sunday. I find it a great week of personal worship to truly be sorrowful for my sins. I don’t withdraw into sackcloth and ashes but I am ever mindful of the seriousness of sin. That then helps to remind me of how important it is for me/us to go and to share the good news of salvation. My prayer for you today and for this week is that you will worship Him and that you will be reminded this week of just how much God loves you!!
Yesterday we finished up our series called “Whisper” and it was designed to help us better hear the voice of God. I know throughout my day I continue to work at hearing Him speak to me. I don’t just want to hear Him during my daily quiet time or at bed time or other times of planned prayers but I want to hear His voice each moment as I walk with Him through the day He has given me. My prayer is that you will want this as well. But then I was also reminded there is more that God wants than to just hear Him. While it is true that we must hear Him and we must have that relationship with Him, we also know He designed us for more than just communion with Him. In fact, the closer we get to Him, the more we hear His voice, then the more He can use us in this world. So many never take that first step of accepting Christ into their lives. Many more who do accept Him and trust Him as Lord and Savior never really follow that up by spending time with Him and growing close to Him and continually hearing Him speak into their lives. But the number who take the next step is even less. Beyond trusting Him with our eternal destiny and beyond an intimate, moment-by-moment relationship with Him, is the step of total obedience to Him.
I believe most believers never fully wrestle with the idea of obedience much less achieve any level in the journey towards complete obedience. What does God’s word say about obedience? Let me share with you a brief quote:
“The Bible has much to say about obedience. In fact, obedience is an essential part of the Christian faith. Jesus Himself was “obedient unto death, even death on a cross” () means obedience. The Bible says that we show our love for Jesus by obeying Him in all things: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” ().
Obedience is defined as “dutiful or submissive compliance to the commands of one in authority.” Using this definition, we see the elements of biblical obedience. “Dutiful” means it is our obligation to obey God, just as Jesus fulfilled His duty to the Father by dying on the cross for our sin. “Submissive” indicates that we yield our wills to God’s. “Commands” speaks of the Scriptures in which God has clearly delineated His instructions. The “one in authority” is God Himself, whose authority is total and unequivocal. For the Christian, obedience means complying with everything God has commanded. It is our duty to do so.
Having said that, it is important to remember that our obedience to God is not solely a matter of duty. We obey Him because we love Him (John 14:23). Also, we understand that the spirit of obedience is as important as the act of obedience. We serve the Lord in humility, singleness of heart, and love.”
I know in my own life over the past few months God has been speaking to me about obedience but much more than that He has asked me to be obedient to what He wants me to do. I will admit that I have struggled and sometimes fought against that. In my case I don’t even think it was so much an issue of disobedience, it was really a matter of making sure of what He was really wanting from me. In the end, if you clearly hear God’s voice and if He gives you instructions then the only thing left for you to decide is if you will be obedient or not. Again, make sure the voice you are hearing is His. And make sure the calling He is giving is clear. And when you do, then you can do no less than obey. That calling is usually difficult. God doesn’t usually ask us to push the easy button. Personally I don’t believe God ever calls us to simply stop and take life easy. The moment for total rest comes when we walk through the gates of Heaven. I think sometimes we don’t tune into God because we are afraid He will ask us to do something difficult. Or maybe we do hear it but the task seems too great and so we convince ourselves that God is not speaking to us, that it’s just our own imagination. Let me challenge you today to and then . The mission is not complete until we act. Faith without works is dead. Delayed obedience is disobedience.
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?
P.S. Happy (??) Tax day!?!