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The journey continues…
Obedience is doing what pleases the Lord. Sometimes we disobey God because it is an inconvenience to do the assignment, while other times obedience is not priority.
Obedience is a test
Some time ago, I heard the story about an evangelist who had a conversation with the Lord. Reportedly, God told him to go to South Africa and share the gospel. He was not interested in going and so he told the Lord that he did not want to go but if that was his plan, he would obey. Not long after, the Lord informed him that he did want him to go to South Africa, he was testing his obedience. The evangelist remained in his hometown, God blessed his ministry, and it flourished. As you journey through life, God will test your obedience, will you pass the test?
Treasure and obedience
The ultimate test of obedience is when God asked us to give up our treasure. The Lord told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. He started the preparations and as he was about to kill him, the Lord showed him a ram that he should sacrifice instead. Abraham did not hesitate to obey and give up his most treasured possession. In response, God blessed him in abundance (Genesis 22:1-18). On the other hand, the rich young ruler went away sorrowful after Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give to the poor (Matthew 19:16-21). The Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). God wants to be your treasure. Who or what is your treasure? If the Lord asked you to give up your treasure, would you be willing?
Perfection in obedience
When God gives an assignment, he puts everything in place for our provision and protection. The story is told that the prophet Elisha instructed the Shunammite widow to take her son and go to another country because there would be a seven-year famine. She obeyed and went to the land of the Philistines. Upon her return home, she found out that she had lost everything. Favored by God, she made a successful appeal to the king and her possessions were restored (2 Kings 8:1-6). God did not promise us a life without trials. He promised to be with us always even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). And so, we can confidently obey him knowing that he will take care of us.
Rewards for obedience
Our obedience to God is evident through our actions. Sometimes, we tell God that we will obey him and then we do otherwise. However, the Bible says, “Be ye not only hearers of the Word, but doers also” (James 1:22). God is loving and gracious, hence he rewards us for our obedience. Some of the rewards are joy, peace, satisfaction, material blessings, and eternal life. God is able to do more than you can imagine (Ephesians 3:20).