Obedience (Part 3 of 3)
Paul commands you to submit to other believers (Ephesians 5:21). The Christian life is voluntarily giving your rights a lower priority than the rights of others. From their point of view, if they are following Jesus, your rights are more important than theirs!
Obey your employer as you would obey Christ (Ephesians 6:5). Be responsible and demonstrate trustworthiness whether someone is watching you or not. Don’t just show up and go through the motions. Give of your best to the Master. He is always looking. Work sincerely and enthusiastically to glorify Him.
Submit to rulers and authorities that God has placed over you. (Titus 3:1). If you resist them, you’re resisting Him and will be subject to His judgment (Romans 13:1–2). Obey them unless doing so would cause you to disobey God (Acts 5:29). Being a responsible Christian includes voting, obeying the laws of the land, serving on juries if chosen, working to benefit the community, etc.
Obey and submit to your spiritual leaders because they must give account of their watch over you (Hebrews 13:17). Their role is to equip you for works of service to build up the church (Ephesians 4:12). You discourage and drain them when you resist their efforts.
Obeying Jesus’ commands demonstrates that you love Him (John 14:21, 15:14) and that you have come to know Him (1 John 2:3). There are other reasons for obeying. It is better to follow Jesus for the wrong reason than not to follow. It is best to follow Him because you love Him.
God rewards obedience. He promises you will receive anything you ask (1 John 3:22). That’s because the obedient ask for things that please God. God often rewards the obedient with a prolonged, prosperous, satisfying life (Proverbs 3:1-2). Jesus promised that kind of life (John 10:10). Without obedience you won’t ever experience it. Obedience, brings stability, safety, and far more satisfaction than being famous (Matthew 7:24–27).
Persevering obedience is the path to a life that makes a difference for eternity, a life that produces a spiritual crop (Luke 8:15). Your decision to follow Jesus will often be tested. Don’t turn back. God can and will use your life in 1000 different ways to bring spiritual life and growth to others. Twenty thousand years from now, nothing else will matter. Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Outward conformity to God’s commands is not enough (Matthew 22:37). God is satisfied only when love for Him is the fuel in your obedience tank. Love shows its face through wholehearted service (Ephesians 6:7) and gratitude-stoked living for Jesus who died for you (2 Corinthians 5:15).1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #obedience
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