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.