“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 NIV
What does it mean to be a slave to obedience? Once again, we find Jesus as the most incredible example. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked his Father three times: please don’t make me suffer like this. Three times. Ultimately, He also wanted God’s will to save humanity. He deferred obediently to his Father’s wishes and suffered a martyr’s death. He was separated from His Father for the first time ever just to open a window for our salvation.
So, obedience can be uncomfortable. It’s not always what we want to do. We may not feel like it. We may have no desire whatsoever to comply. But then there is this nagging feeling…we know when we haven’t moved on what God has asked. We sense a missed opportunity. That is uncomfortable too.
There is no substitute to obedience. We can delay it. We can ignore it. But if we really love God and want His will in our lives we will be obedient first and question later. Now there are ways to ensure that we are receiving correct direction. Most of it depends on the condition of our heart, which also ties to our willingness to be obedient. If there is something that I am really wrestling with, meaning it sticks in my mind and my heart taking up too much real estate, I ask God to show me the root of my struggle. If I can sit in prayer without distraction, He consistently shows me.
Father, help me to desire to be obedient to Your will. Help me surrender what I want for what You want. Help me put You first. Teach me. Place a passion inside of me to become righteous through obedience to You, my first love.
Mark 14:32-41, 2 Corinthians 9:13, Philemon 1:20-22, 2 John 1:6