Posted by: missionventureministries | May 16, 2019

OBEYING GOD – John 4:34

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).

 Why is obedience to God so important? Because it proves our love for Him (1 John 5:2-3), demonstrates our faithfulness to Him (1 John 2:3-6), glorifies Him in the world (1 Peter 2:12), and opens avenues of blessing for us (John 13:17).

By faith, Abraham obeyed God’s call even though he didn’t know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). And that’s exactly how we should obey the Lord. He doesn’t reveal the entire way because with each step into the unknown, He’s strengthening our faith.

Faith is necessary to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. Once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are a new creation and we want to obey Him because: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified. Jesus told us that His purpose and desire is for others to “see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Of course, performing “good deeds” requires obedience to the One who calls us to good deeds. A Christian’s testimony of holiness is a strong witness that God is at work in the world. “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to Him” (Psalm 128:1).

Christians must take a stand against worldly practice and obey the Lord. Daniel has given us an outstanding example of how to do this, not only courageously, but graciously and successfully. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)

As one of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility (Daniel 1:3), he realized that he had the responsibility of maintaining a godly standard as a testimony for the true God when he was asked “to serve in the king’s palace” (Daniel 1:4); after he and his friends had been carried into captivity.

Daniel knew that the king’s wine would be harmful were he to partake of it. Also, the king’s meat would certainly be prepared in an unlawful way and come from unclean sources that would be prohibited for him, as a Jew, to eat (Leviticus 11:7-8; 17:10-14). Therefore, he determined in his heart to take a stand against it and not to defile himself.

The Babylonians thought they were doing him and his friends a great favor, and Daniel appreciated this; so, Daniel handled the situation in a very wise and courteous manner and suggested: “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants” (Daniel 1:12-13).

God honored Daniel’s graciousness, as well as his courageous faithfulness, and so will He do for us as well. Being assertive like Daniel was, is what a Christian should learn to do in a non-Christian world. We must “be ready always to give an answer,” and it should be done, not arrogantly, but “with meekness” (1 Peter 3:15).

Being obedient to God means living by the Spirit and walking in His love, as we abide in Him, trusting Him to guide our life, to train us to live righteously and to empower us to be all He created us to be.

We need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, trust the law He has written on our hearts, and obey from a heart that is filled with God’s love.

Jesus was teaching us that obeying the Father brought Him fulfillment. It wasn’t the approval of the crowds who came to hear Him speak, but the joy of pleasing the Father that satisfied Him. It would be good for us to learn this important lesson from our Savior, so that He can use us to accomplish His purposes in this world.

We need to understand that God works all things, according to His purpose. Nothing can happen without God permitting it. Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.” God has numbered our days and will fulfill every purpose He has for each one of us if we are obedient to His calling.

Like the prodigal, if we have gone astray we can always choose to be obedient and come back to Him and He will welcome us with open arms.

Keep in mind that when we choose to obey God, He will bless us. Therefore, let’s obey the Lord and watch Him work in our life.

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