Obedience- Drudge or Jollity
Posted: Wednesday, March 8
A lot of times it can feel like being a Christian means to simply obey. Obey what God tells us to do, stay in line, treat others the way you want to be treated. Working with kids, we deal a lot with obeying the rules. A favorite phrase of mine to help get kids centered and focused on obeying is having them say with me, “Listen and obey.” Little Johnny, what are you going to do? Listen and obey!
Is obeying the rules what it’s all about? Come to church, read your Bible, don’t be mean, do nice things, be faithful to your spouse, be a role model for your kids. Do everything within you to resist the urge to sin. Can this really be the extent of being a Christian, or having a satisfied life?
Verse 12 from David’s Psalm jumped at me because of the ending, “make me willing to obey you.” We’ve all seen, and have been, obedient based on force. There’s no choice BUT to obey! But David takes it another route and asks for God’s help to become willing to obey. Not to obey because he will otherwise face the consequences, but rather because of his grateful heart. The verse begins with, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” We love God because He first loved us. We were lost, trapped to death, but God rescued us. We ought to obey God not because the other option is Hell, but rather because He saved us, restored us, and gives us hope. We obey God because we want to out of a thankful attitude. When you’re faced with temptation or the urge to act a little bit crazy, remember where God released you from. Let’s obey God because we want to please Him.