It just gives us a bad taste in our mouth. I can picture now the tyrannical ruler standing above me twisting my arm in submission to his will. How dare anyone tell me what to do?! How dare anyone tell me how to live?! They don’t know me and they shouldn’t even pretend to know what’s best for me.
That’s the emotion that is often partnered with obedience. We are a people that don’t like instructions to put things together, we’re opposed to any help, and no one should think that they know better than us.
Rewind to a moment where Jesus is talking to his disciples and he says these words in John 15:10-11, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” That sounds a lot like obedience to me. And an obedience that brings joy.
When we choose to be obedient to Jesus, we don’t just leave sin behind, we press forward into love. We not only enjoy the love of Jesus, but we choose to share that same love that has been poured on us by Jesus. In short, we aren’t just obedient to walk away from sin, but to walk into love.
How is your family being obedient to love others this week? How is your family known not just by what you don’t do but by how well you love?
We challenge you this week to be obedient to love and feel His joy.