This morning at Bible study, my brother and friend Phil and I were talking about obedience to Christ. You see, in Romans 1, Paul tells us we are to called to be saints. That is quite a calling! Literally we are required to be holy and venerable. Impossible, right?
Not when we are obedient to The Lord. And the key to obedience is not works. It is love. It is recognizing Who God is, what Jesus did on the cross for we who do not deserve His grace and mercy, and being faithful because of Who God is, not what He can do for us.
Obedience flows not from an obligation but from a heart go gratitude, because we trust God. After all, He is… well… God!
None of us is perfect. There will be times of struggle. There will times of failure. But, let me ask… where is your heart? Do you consciously strive to be a man/woman after God’s own heart? When we love The Lord, we want to follow Him. We want to please Him. We want to obey Him because He is God, and He is good, and He has only our best interests at heart.
Trust in God leads us to obedience. Love for Christ bends our hearts toward Him. Seek Him first.