Obedience to God

12 Nov

Hello again!

Today we’re going to make a slight change from the normal posting and instead talk quickly on one topic; obedience to God:

What does it mean to be obedient to God? Does it mean we become missionaries to India? Does it mean we become Pentecostal preachers? Let’s refer to scripture:

Romans 6:16 (ESV) Says:  “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

Romans 5:19 (ESV) Says:  “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Please specifically note the last verse (Romans 5:19), in there, we can clearly see that Paul is referring to Adam and to Jesus Christ.  So then, we see that by Jesus’ obedience unto death, even death on a cross, we were all made righteous. Now perhaps we can’t make others righteous by our own obedience, we do have an example in Jesus here.

  • Obedience to God must be whole-hearted.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we have to become missionaries nor Pentecostals, as mentioned above, but it does mean our obedience must be whole and complete. We also have an example in Abraham of this. If you’ll kindly remember your Sunday school lessons:

Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son. God commanded this to test Abraham. Sure enough, he was willing to obey, but didn’t have to. Rather, God provided a goat to take the place of the son.

We (you and I) will never be called on to do something like that, of course, as sacrifices to God where all in the Old Testament. But that isn’t the point, the point is this: in order to be obedient to God, we have to be whole-hearted. If he actually does call us to be a missionaries in India, off to India we should go.

2 Corinthians 7:15 (ESV) Says:  “And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.”

Now we have an example in the Corinthians. They received Titus obediently, says Paul. But then he clarifies what exactly their obedience was, “how you received him with fear and trembling.

  • Obedience to God must include looking up to others for counsel and accountability.

The Corinthians were nervous Titus would find fault with them. Thus they “shaped up”.  We should be the same with our pastors (most of them, anyway). Another way to phrase the point above would be, “being obedient to God means being obedient to his people.”

So to summarize:  obedience to God must be whole-hearted, and must include our being obedient to God’s children because being obedient to his children is in part being obedient to Him, the father.

Just remember this: we should look up to God’s children. But more important than that, is that we look up to the cross. That is the ultimate example of obedience; that Jesus would suffer so much for us, that he would take on himself our very sin.  We can never be as obedient as He was, but let’s keep that in mind. And let’s also remember that Jesus lives inside of us (through him who strengthens me I can do all things).

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Obedience to God


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