Learning Obedience is the most important lesson in Christ-Likeness. In Hebrews 5:8 the Bible say’s, “Jesus learned obedience by the things which he suffered.”
If Jesus learned obedience, we must arm ourselves with the same mind–to learn obedience to the will of God. (1peter 4:1). He suffered so that we don’t have too.
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. (Hebrews 5:9).
If we will learn to obey Him, (Do what he says’) we can have life and that more abundantly. (John 10 :10).
But, since we are born in sin and shaped in iniquity; (Psalm 51:5, KJV), it’s not natural for us as humans to be obedient. By nature, we are children of wrath and disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2,3). Hence Jesus declared, “Marvel not that I say unto you, you must be born again. (John 3:7, KJV).
The proverb say’s “To Err Is Human…”But we all have the ability to learn. Some are able to…much quicker than others.
However, by the abiding presence and power of the Holy Spirit we can learn and grow–into the measure and stature of the image of Christ.
1. Gaining knowledge by study; instruction or scholarship.
2. Any relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a direct result of experience. (Psychology).
 Some learning is immediate, induced by a single event (e.g. being burned by a hot stove), but much skill and knowledge accumulates from repeated experiences. The changes induced by learning often last a lifetime, and it is hard to distinguish learned material that seems to be “lost” from that which cannot be retrieved.
A new birth experience is prerequisite to a life of obedience to the word of God. 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 surrendered–saying nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.” (Luke 22:39-46, KJV)
Jesus took our place on the cross and by his suffering and death, he purchased our redemption. “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). He suffered and died in our place so that we don’t have to endure sin, sickness, disease, and strife. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you…” (John 14:27).
He admonishes us… “take my yoke upon you and learn of me.” (Matthew 11:28, KJV). We are called to be disciples. A disciple is a follower. To follow requires focus, and dedication. Hebrews 12:2 says, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Like sheep we often get distracted and wonder from the fold. Loosing sight of the shepherd or too distant to hear his voice we become entangled with he affairs of this life.
Every sheep has but one clear responsibility–to follow the shepherd. When we follow:
- We shall not want.
- He makes us lie down in green pastures.
- He leads beside the still waters.
- He restores our souls
- He leads us in the path of righteousness.
- He prepares a table in the presence of our enemies.
- He anoints our head with oil, our cup runs over.
- Surely goodness and mercies shall follow, all the days of our lives and we’ll dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23).
Our daily walk must be in and with him. We cannot make our own decisions to do as we please. The Shepherd leads the Sheep follows. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14). So, if you find yourself driven by circumstances you are not following. Cattles and Goats are driven. The shepherd leads the sheep follow.
Therefore let’s pause for a moment and consider…Who or what is driving you? Who or what pushes your buttons to get you going?
Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice and they follow me. So, whose voice are you hearing and who are you following?
Everyone is either leading or following. To qualify to lead–we must be willing to follow. Every leader must have a leader–if you don’t know where you are going–it’s wise to let someone else lead.
If you’re in leadership, who’s leading you?
Where are you going?
If you are following…who is your leader?
Are you following in obedience?
Please take a moment to ponder and answer these questions.
When we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16, KJV).
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. God is not a man he cannot lie.
In the garden of Eden where it all began, God said, Don’t–they did. Today…When God says 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, many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19, 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.