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What does it mean to be obedient to God? How can we learn from Jesus?

What does it mean to be obedient to God? How can we learn from Jesus?

Obey God

We have a lot to learn about obedience. We have a great teacher in Jesus the Messiah.

Jesus “learned obedience” not in the sense that He was prone to disobedience and had to bring rebelliousness under control, but in the sense that He fully entered the human experience. As a child, He obeyed His parents (Luke 2:51); as an adult, He obeyed the Law (Matthew 5:17) and fulfilled all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).

What is obedience? What does that require?

Love and Obey

Obedience is a willingness to submit ourselves to the will of God and to put it into effect. Scripture emphasizes the necessity for us to follow the commandments of Jesus, gives examples and reasons why we should, and describes the rewards that will be ours for obedience.

There is a reality of being a slave. You only have one Master. Jesus is clear on this when he says you can’t be a slave to God and money (aka wealth). Jesus drives the point home in many places. Being a slave is different from being a servant. I am the slave of Jesus.

Are we obedient and abiding in the love of Jesus?

Jesus is our Master. As our Master, Jesus has some commands for us. They are not optional if we follow Jesus. They are commands. They are not optional.

We can choose to obey but we can’t choose the commands. Jesus is in charge here. We aren’t.

Jesus leads the way. Jesus is obedient to His Father. Jesus isn’t asking anything from us that He isn’t willing to do Himself. Jesus is always obedient. Jesus always obeys His Father’s commands. Jesus shows us the way.

What is the example of Jesus the Messiah when it comes to obedience?

I admit it is tough to always be obedient. I have a rebellious streak in me. We all do. The starting point is admit it, change our minds (aka repent) and act differently. Jesus is in charge. PERIOD!

The Bible has much to say about obedience. In fact, obedience is an essential part of the the disciple’s faith.

Jesus Himself was “obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).

For the disciples, the act of taking up our cross and following the Messiah (Matthew 16:24) means obedience. The Bible says that we show our love for Jesus by obeying Him in all things: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

What is obedience? Why is obedience demanded of God’s people?

We know it. Obeying runs against the grain of what we want to do. Jesus demands that we be obedient slaves. That doesn’t sound like fun. It is demeaning. NO one wants to be a slave. I am not different in that regard.

There is good news. Jesus gives us all the power to be obedient. For the joy that was before Him, Jesus endured death and humiliation to set us free. Free to be obedient.

Am I cheating on God?

No Cheating God

No Cheating God

Am I cheating on God? There are times I just want my own way. That cheats God of the relationship He wants to have with me.

That is the opposite of God’s goal for me. God wants us to faithfully love and adore Him. God wants us to pay attention to Him and do what He wants, not what we want.

God wants us to love. That pretty much sums up God’s goal.

I am more than happy when I know what he wants and then do it.

Jesus cares. He really cares a lot. What He gives to me in love is above and beyond anything else I could get from anyone else. There is no comparison.

God’s goal for me to be humble, obey Him and focus on love.

May live in His love and be more than happy.

You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.

And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that ‘he’s a fiercely jealous lover.’ And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that ‘God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.’

James 4 (NIV)



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Scripture

Malachi 4:5-6 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Master comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Ephesians 6:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Children, obey your parents in the Master, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.

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“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” ~Jesus

Family is important to God and Jesus. God sanctifies our earthly families and gives us lots of ideas on how to make our family relationships healthy and productive.

God has a family. What does it take to be a part of God’s family?

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.  | (Matthew 12:50)

The answer is very straight forward. Jesus doesn’t hold anything back from me. His challenge to me is to do what God wants. Obedience is the core of everything in God’s world. Obedience leads to being a part of the family of God. Now that is some good news.

It is not about my plan. It is all about God’s plan. He has one. Will I obey it? Jesus challenges me to do so. This is a radical call to discipleship.

Now here is some VERY good news. God’s plan is simple and straightforward.

In this day of complicated programs and books, simplicity rocks. We even have it on a bracelet. WWJD. “What would Jesus do”?

God’s plan is for me to do what He has in mind for me. All the time. That puts me in the family of God. Good news for sure.

Even our Lord’s earthly family did not fully understand Him or His ministry. Some of His friends thought He was crazy. But Jesus did not want the honor that comes from people. While He was not disrespectful toward His physical family, He did emphasize the family of God.

Note His use of the word “whoever”. This paralleled His beautiful invitation in Matthew 11:28–30 where He encouraged all to trust Him. If the nation would not receive Him, at least individuals within the nation—and among the Gentiles—could trust Him.