• Jack Selcher

Obedience (Part 2 of 3)

A four-year-old eats foolishness sandwiches and becomes what he eats! When my grandchildren were 4-years-old, they didn’t have a clue what was best for them! Listening to Daddy made life go much better for them.

Listening to Father will make your life go a lot better. God knows it all. He wants what’s best for you. Obedience is the path that leads to that destination. God made salmon to swim freely in sparkling rivers and vast oceans. In the mouth of a grizzly bear, however, they’re helpless. You’re like a salmon, God’s kingdom like water, and sin like the bear. God designed you for the freedom of the sea of His kingdom, not the jaws of sin. The choice is yours. Without obedience, there’s no joy, freedom, safety, or peace in life!

The Bible requires obedience to parents. “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). If you are still living under your parents’ roof, you don’t have to like following their directives. You just must follow them if doing so doesn’t conflict with obeying God. They aren’t all knowing. They make mistakes. However, they have significantly more wisdom than you!

You can choose to walk through a briar patch they tell you to avoid, but you won’t emerge without cuts and bleeding. Over the long haul, obeying them will minimize your pain. As you get older, you’ll likely give your own children much the same advice they gave you!

The Bible tells a wife to submit to her husband (Ephesians 5:22). I potentially just offended about half of humanity! Many women hate the s-word. Wives, do you know how little you want to submit? That’s exactly how little your husband wants to love you as Christ loved the church! That’s his responsibility (Ephesians 5:21–25). Christ’s self-sacrifice for the church was total! A wife shouldn’t complain about yielding her rights to one who sacrifices himself totally for her. A husband who isn’t sacrificing himself for his wife totally shouldn’t expect her to yield her rights to him. If he isn’t obeying God, why should he expect her to obey?

Marriage is an earthly partnership that reflects a divine union of Christ and His church. Christ and His church submit their rights to benefit each other. So do husband and wife. The question isn’t, “What’s best for me, but what’s best for us?” The husband is the head of the wife. He is her self-sacrificing servant-leader who is blessed by God to be a blessing to her.1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #obedience

1. https://www.christiangrowthresources.com/31-steps-toward-spiritual-maturity

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