Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Obedience is a Joy

In my study through 1 Corinthians this morning, I stopped and contemplated this passage:
19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. - 1 Corinthians 7:19
So, the Apostle Paul is telling the church that keeping God's commands counts. However, I find a common belief among Christians to be that obedience is optional. Some would propose that while obedience to God is better than disobedience, in the end it isn't a major factor. But, this is not what God's Word presents. I am reminded of Jesus has said:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. - John 14:15
"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” - John 14:21
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have keptmy Father's commandments and abide in his love. - John 15:10
Obedience is an act of true love and it gets to the core of our relationship with Jesus. Obedience isn't bad. It's not works-based religion. Rather, it is the evidence of real love. And so, while outward religious acts like circumcision are optional, the circumcision of our heart is not optional and it is made evident in obedience.

Often we look at obedience as a bad thing, as something we have to do. I propose we need new thinking about obedience. We need to look at it from God's perspective and see obedience as a joy. It is a joy to love Jesus and so it is a joy to obey Him. This little change of perspective can make a world of difference. 

Lord, instruct me and guide me in obedience. Help me grow in it. Let obedience be evident in my life for it is my joy to obey. Thank you for your grace that teaches me obedience and empowers me to walk in it. 

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