Learning Obedience is the most important lesson in Christ-Likeness. If Jesus learned obedience, we must arm ourselves with the same mind–to learn obedience to the will of God. (1 Samuel 15:22 Hebrews 5:8, KJV).
Since we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity… (Psalm 51:5, KJV), it’s not natural for us as humans to be obedient. Hence Jesus declared, “Marvel not that I say unto you, you must be born again. (John 3:7, KJV).
The proverb confirms “To Err Is Human…”But we all have the ability to learn. Some are able to…much quicker than others.
1. Gaining knowledge by study; instruction or scholarship
2. (Psychology) Any relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a direct result of experience.
Therefore, a new birth experience is prerequisite to a life of obedience. For if we will not obey God, neither will we obey man; and it’s better to obey God than man.
In his example as Immanuel (God with us in human form). Jesus agonized with such intensity that his sweat was as drops of blood. He prayed the same prayer not once, not twice, but three times before he would surrender. Finally crying out “…nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.” (Luke 22:39-46, KJV)
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. (Hebrews 5:9). Jesus took our place on the cross and by his suffering and death, he purchased our redemption, so that, we can have life and that more abundantly. (John 10:10, KJV).
He admonishes us… “take my yoke upon you and learn of me.” (Matthew 11:28, KJV). In Isaiah 53: 5,KJV the Bible says “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our Iniquity, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes, we are healed.
When we follow in his steps, (walk in the Spirit) the Bible says we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16. KJV).
Obedience is hearing the word and acting accordingly.
Why? Because parenting is hard. It’s emotionally, physically, and spiritually stretching and often we, just go for the easy way. It’s easier in the moment to ignore a small gesture of defiance, distract a disobedient child instead of disciplining and training them, or use bribes or threats to get them in line so you can just get through the afternoon.
The big problem is–it doesn’t work. Sure, we’ve averted the crisis or inconvenience for the moment, but at the same time we’re teaching them that disobedience is actually a great way to get what they want. We’re reinforcing the behavior we try so hard to discourage.
Here’s the thing: Teaching and training our kids to obey is not easy and it takes time. However, it does get easier as we develop the habit in ourselves of consistent and immediate instruction and/or discipline. Training ourselves in this way is, in fact, the hardest part.
The good news is that there are tools, resources, and tips that can help us in this worthwhile effort to teach children obedience. Not to mention the ever-present and precious assistance of the Holy Spirit.
God says what he means, and he means exactly what he said. He has no need for a press secretary to translate or interpret what he said. Our only response is obedience. To question or doubt the authority and authenticity of the infallible word of God is to submit to the devices of the devil.
In the garden of Eden where it all began, God said Don’t–they did. when God said do we don’t. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Humans still have that same attitude today, always seeking to pass the blame instead of acknowledging the fault.
But, though by one man’s disobedience all were made sinners; so by the obedience of one, shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19, KJV).
Mary the mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, said to the servants, “whatsoever he says to you –do it.” (John 2:5, KJV)
What is he saying to you right now?
Let Us Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you with all my sins, brokenness, guilt and shame. I confess that I’m a sinner in need of a savior. I ask that you forgive me, wash me, and make me whole again. I invite Jesus into my heart to be my Lord and savior. I ask for your mercies, through Christ Jesus… Amen.