The other day I posted a message titled MIRACLES & MATURITY on my blog. Towards the end I said, “OK, so how do we mature in our walk with God? Well, it all starts when we make the choice to KNOW and TRUST Him and His Word. Time with Him and time in the Word are both essential to this. As we spend time with the Lord, we follow up with obedience, yes obedience. Obedience to His Word in the Bible and to His specific words He speaks to us personally.”
I want to expound on that word “obedience.” I am finding that in today’s society obedience has almost become an endangered species, a lost art. There seems to be an “I can do whatever I want” mentality among many, including Christians. Well, in my opinion, that’s a problem. Here’s why. In the very beginning God only asked Adam and Eve for one thing, obedience. God is a good Father. And good fathers require obedience from their children. Therefore, I believe God still wants obedience from His children. We MUST REMEMBER that God only required obedience from Adam and Eve to protect and benefit THEM. That’s what love does. Their DISobedience started a downhill spiral of mankind that still exists today.
As you know, Jesus is our example for everything pertaining to life. Well, according to the Bible even Jesus had to learn obedience. “Though He was God’s, He learned trusting-obedience by what He suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:8-10 – NLT)
Did you notice the result of His obedience? He arrived at the full stature of His maturity. THAT is what I want! And the reward for His obedience is that you and I can receive the eternal salvation directly from Him, the Source, “as we believingly obey Him.” Once again, as we follow His example of obedience, we get the benefit of HIS obedience to the Father….because that’s what love does.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen