Obedience to the Lord is a Good Thing!

Obedience to the Lord is a Good Thing! June 21, 2013

When you see or hear the word “obedience,” what picture comes to your mind? Do you think about the relationship between a child and a parent? An employee and a boss? Student and teacher? Do you see this obedience done with a spirit of willingness? Or is it done grudgingly?

I’m sure there are many instances when obedience is done happily. But in my experience, obedience is more often done with a spirit of hesitancy.

More specifically, I’m referring to us ourselves as followers of Christ, and our relationship with Him.

Why is obedience so hard sometimes?

I don’t have a definite answer, but here’s what I think. Sometimes, we believe we know better than the Lord. Perhaps we think we can create a better result by taking things into our own hands.

But the bottom line is that to me, here’s where a lack of obedience comes from – a lack of faith.

So as I was reflecting on the Scriptures, I tried to find descriptions of good things that can come from obedience.

Here’s what I found. I hope these are an encouragement to you!

Bible Verses Related to Obedience and its Rewards

In Psalm 19:11 NIV, David says this about the Lord’s commandments: “…in keeping them there is great reward.”

In John 15:4-5, the Lord says, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

When I look up the word “remain,” I find that it means to be held and kept continually. To me, it sounds similar to obedience.

And later in John 15:10 NIV, Jesus says, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”

When I look up the word “keep,” I find that it means to observe or to attend to carefully. Again, it sounds like obedience.

So we can’t bear fruit without obedience. What fruit are we referring to?

Galatians 5:22-23 NIV says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

How would you like to bear more of that kind of fruit in your life? I know I would.

In Jeremiah 7:23 NIV, the Lord says, “…but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.” So if we obey, it’ll be well with us.

In Exodus 19:5 NIV, the Lord says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.” To be His own possession also means to be His special treasure.

Again, I hope these verses encourage you think of obedience not as a chore, but something to be done for our own good.

Lord, thank you for rescuing us from our sin. Help us to live lives of obedience to You, so that we may also enjoy Your rewards.

Do you struggle with obedience? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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  • Tom

    Obedience is an act that we consciously choose to make every day. Sometimes we do things without thinking and it may look like we are not obedient to the Lord. The best thing is to pray to prevent being disobedient through our future actions.

  • There are plenty of versus that tell us why we cannot obey! Here are several:

    “Can an African [Ethiopian] change skin?

    Can a leopard get rid of its spots?

    So what are the odds on you doing good,

    you who are so long-practiced [accustomed, trained] in [doing] evil?” (Jeremiah 13:23, The Message). Brackets Mine

    “… the carnal mind is enmity [this Greek word means, ‘in opposition, deep seated hatred’] against God: for it is not subject to the [the carnal mind cannot obey] law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh [are ‘mindful of the flesh’ verse. 6] cannot please [nor obey] God.” (Romans 8:7-8, KJV).

    Until God changes our hearts and we renew our minds we don’t want to obey God. And I also believe that the reason why some are stronger at overcome other areas then others is because God has untrained us in evil and trained us in righteousness in other areas. For example, you might be good with budgeting because God has disciplined (same word for ‘Discipled’) you in budgeting where before you were a spender. On the other end, maybe I am a heavy budget type of person who is a saver (which is good) but I might be a saver who doesn’t like to give (which is bad).

    I believe God wants to un-train us in the bad and train us in His ways, but one area of our lives at a time. Some people are just stronger in their obedience in certain areas in their lives than others in that same part of their lives to God. So we are all at different places in our walk with Him.

  • Thanks