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The past few weeks in my quiet times have seemed to keep bringing me back to the topic of obedience. So often the “big question” for us in the church is “do you believe in Jesus?”. It’s more than that, though. The question goes deeper into “are you obedient to Jesus?“. I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading of the Israelites approaching the Promised Land in Numbers 13. God had promised the land to them (hence the name), but their perception of the people in the land effected their obedience to both Moses and God, resulting in wandering for 40 years until the next generation could inherit the land.

I think of obedience in the same category as devotion. You are either devoted to something or you’re not. I believe the same stands for obedience. When it comes to God’s lead on you, are you obedient to what he’s doing? What has struck me is that apathy is just as disobedient than saying no to God. Obedience requires an action response.

Where is God calling you right now to be obedient to him – your finances, your job, your desires, your time? My friend Jason Ostrander said last week about sacrifice – What is the one thing you feel you couldn’t live without? Maybe it’s that thing you need to offer to God as a sacrifice. So what is that thing that commands more of your attention than the Creator of the universe? What is that thing that shakes your obedience from God? Offer it up and see how your mind is blown.

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  1. Jessie
    July 11, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Good post Karl. It’s interesting, bc I led bible study last night on something similiar. I was reading in Joshua 6 about the fall of Jericho. It’s amazing to look at that next generation of Israelites and see how obedient they were compared to their parents. They did what God told them to down to the letter, even though, in my opinion, it was a little ridiculous. (Marching around a wall with trumpets 7 times for 7 days?!) But then they got big results, and the walls came down. It makes me wonder how often I pray for something huge and then don’t follow God’s commands (at all, or sometimes as closely as I need to). Obviously there is some correlation between obedience and answered prayer. Or, at least, obedience and how strongly we experience some of the blessings God has in store for us.

  2. July 11, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    make your live a living sacrifice, some days are different than others. Some days we are called to offer something up. other days to change our behavior and then othere days just to listen in obedience.

    God bless you and good post

  3. July 12, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Jessie – it’s great to hear from you. Crazy how we can pray/ask/seek/beg God for things but honestly not really expect him to do anything sometimes.

    savedsoul – great verse, thanks for the kind words.

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