OBEDIENCE: A PREREQUISITE IN DISCIPLESHIP

BIBLE READING: JOB 36:11; MATTHEW 7:24-26; JOHN 14:21-22

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God Who works in you both to will and to do for His Good Pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13(NKJV)

The place of obedience in the discipleship process can never be overemphasized. The truth of the matter is that unless you are an obedient follower of Jesus Christ, you can never really live Biblically. When giving the Great Commission to His Disciples, the Lord emphasized this point: “Teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.”(Matthew 28:20a, ISV). As genuine disciples, we have an obligation to obey the Commands of Jesus absolutely because obedience is actually the heart of the discipleship process.

Inspired by the Holy Ghost, Apostle John tells us that “His Commands are not burdensome.”(1John 5:3). This is very important to note for many people shy away from commitment to obeying God because they are afraid of failure. They feel that the Yoke of the Lord is too difficult to bear. Our Lord Jesus settled this matter once and for all by telling us: “For My Yoke is easy and My Burden is light.”(Matthew 11:30). What does this mean? There is a difference between obedience by human effort and obedience by faith (see Romans 1:5). In other words, there is a grace to obey the Instructions of the Lord Jesus Christ absolutely. Disobedience is tantamount to rebellion in any kingdom, especially the Kingdom of God.The same thing applies to selective obedience(of which many are culpable) which is just as bad as outright disobedience (see 1Samuel 15). Several so-called disciples will readily claim to love the Lord but fail to realize that obedience is the highest expression of love anyone can show. No wonder Jesus told his disciples; “If you [really] love Me,you will keep and obey My Commandments.”(John 14:15 AMP)

The vast majority of churches today exist in a “Christian” culture which subconsciously (or otherwise) deemphasizes obedience. James the Lord’s brother tells us “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”(James 4:17). Too many Christians are guilty as charged hence we must have a paradigm shift. May the Lord help us transit from knowledge-based discipleship to obedience-based discipleship.

PRAYER POINT:
Father in Heaven, we exalt You.Thank You for redeeming us and raising us up as a people unto Yourself. Please help us develop a culture of obedience in our lives and churches. We adore You for Your Grace in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
•Obedience driven by love is more beautiful than obedience fueled by fear or obligation.

•Obedience is a positive response to an instruction given.

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