The Road Of Obedience

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The road of obedience Jesus walked was a day by day experience with God! It involved knowing God’s will. He maintained a constant communion with his Father through prayer and study of the scriptures. His ear was opened to hear God’s will. – Isaiah 50:4. He listened carefully and attentively to his will and upon hearing God speak, he was quick to respond and obey.

When God gives direction there should always be spontaneous obedience. If there is any slight hesitation or delay, it opens the door for Satan to come in. It opens the door to doubt and unbelief.

In your own life, how many times has God asked you to do something and you hesitated to respond? What happened? You began to doubt whether or not God really spoke to you, “Did God really ask me to do that?” You put it off to a time you think will be more convenient.

The road of obedience Jesus walked involved a determination to do God’s will regardless of the cost. It involved a burning desire to live only to do the will of God. Jesus said, “My meat (that which gives me sustenance and keeps me alive) is to do the will of Him who sent me.” – John 4:34

He said, “I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” – John 5:30

The road of obedience Jesus walked involved a willingness to give up all claims to his life, his will, his desires, his emotions were lost totally absorbed in doing God’s will.

The road of obedience Jesus walked involved a fervent undying love. The night before he was to be crucified, Jesus revealed to his disciples the powerful force that enabled him to become obedient unto death. He said, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of the world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” – John 14:30-31

Jesus death on the cross is a living testimony to the world of his great love for the Father. It was that great love that made it possible for him to walk the road of obedience to carry his obedience to the extreme of death on the cross. You are called to walk the same road of obedience, the call of salvation is a call to a life of obedience because Jesus was willing to give up all claims to his life and live in total submission to God’s will, he requires the same of all those who would follow him.

One day as Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Peter and Andrew fishing. He told them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19. Now, notice their reaction, they didn’t hesitate, they didn’t ask Jesus for the time to think about it. They didn’t wait until they had sold their boats. They obeyed immediately, they left their nets and followed Jesus. – v. 20.

Jesus saw Matthew (Levi), who was a tax collector, “sitting as the receipt of custom” and told him,“Follow me.” He obeyed, Matthew left all… gave up his positions, everything, and followed Jesus. – Matthew 9:9

The rich young ruler came to Jesus asking him, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus told him, “If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” – Matthew 19:16-17. The young man replied that he had kept all the commandments from high youth, but Jesus was able to see there was an area in his life that he was unwilling to give up. Jesus told him to sell all, that he had, (to) give it to the poor, and follow him.

You know the story, the rich, young ruler was not willing to give up all and follow Jesus. He was not willing to give up his possessions. Jesus required one hundred percent commitment. The possessions did not keep the young man from following Jesus, it was his unwillingness to respond in one hundred percent obedience to Jesus command. He was given a choice to obey, follow Jesus and enter into life; or disobey, follow his own way and forfeit eternal life.

Glory to God.
Amen!

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