Posted by: missionventureministries | October 22, 2013

Obey God – Hebrews 5:8-9

Hebrews 5 vs 8-9

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. . . Hebrews 5:8-9 

Obedience to God is what Jesus did; He practiced and lived perfect obedience to His Father.  

Anyone can obey when it is easy, but in the fire of adversity and pain, our obedience is put to the test. Are we willing to obey even when it hurts, even when it costs us dearly, even when we don’t want to, even when we are uncertain of the outcome? Obedience tests and discloses our motives, it reveals our true character and the love we have for the Savior. 

Obedience needs to be a constant reminder in our lives because, when things are going well we have the tendency to forget about God. We unwisely drop our prayer guard and are exposed to attacks from our adversary, Satan. The reality is that success in doing God’s will needs to be grounded and backed by constant prayer; and reaching the lost requires lots of prayer. We need to ask ourselves . . . how can we move forward to conqueror new horizons without obedience in prayer. And the answer is to obey Him, pray, ask for His guidance and look forward to the rewards He has in store for us.

Being obedient is what makes us more like Jesus, and when we do, He assures us, loves us, empowers us and stands by us. It is so important to God, that He makes it a priority to bless our obedience. His blessing may not be recognized immediately, it may take months or years before we enjoy the fruit of our obedience but we will reap what we sow.  In Galatians 6:7-9 we read: A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up . . . and continue to be obedient. 

We need to humble ourselves under God’s hands. Jesus knew that the biggest obstacle to success would be a person’s pride. The Lord said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) It is only when we recognize our inadequacies that we will be able to learn what the Lord wants to teach us. God cannot teach people who are proud, arrogant or self-absorbed to be obedient to His word.  

Obedience changes us from being self centered to being God centered and in doing so we become selfless. We go from being prideful and controlling to trusting in God, from being disobedient to being obedient. We become a new creation in Christ, when we passed from death to life, from darkness to light. 

As born again believers we are ambassadors for Almighty God. He is our Lord, our Master and our Savior and we obey because we are His. We are the faces that reflect the love of our heavenly Father to others. We obey Him because there is a higher purpose in life, and Jesus has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father. (Revelation 1:6)  

Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our ever-present teacher. The Lord said, “when He the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13) Only when we are walking in close relationship with God are we able to hear the voice of the Spirit and be obedient.  

Just like Jesus, we need to spend time with the Father receiving instructions from the Spirit of God for what He wants us to do, as we obey and trust in Him.

 

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