“Wax on. Wax off.”
A popular line in cinema history. Oh how the older generation wanted to become warriors after seeing that simple household chores could prepare you to be a kung fu master. In the remake of The Karate Kid, we see a similar scene where our young warrior in training is putting on and taking off a jacket more times than we care to count. This every day laundry routine gets exhausting until Jackie Chan tells him that “Everything is Kung Fu” and that he’s secretly been learning some sick moves.
It is in this moment we learn that sometimes obedience can look absolutely crazy. There’s not much weirder than learning how to fight by hanging up laundry. That someone would even ask you to do it sounds absurd. But in the end…you become a warrior.
When we dove back into the story of Joshua we see the moment God hands Jericho over to the Israelites. The attack plan that He has planned looks more like a pep rally than a take over but never the less, Joshua is obedient. At the end of seven days we see a scene of crumbling walls, yelling people, and the capture of a city.
How do we get there? What’s it’s importance?
We get there by obedience with no exceptions. It’s important because this is the beginning of multiple cities taken and the Israelites not getting wiped out.
What we see here is that obedience is only obedience if it has no exceptions. God calls us to a no exceptions obedience when He calls us into His plan. When we commit our lives to Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us, we commit to a life of being obedient to Jesus. Why? Because Jesus was obedient. So obedient that he died a death that he didn’t deserve so that he could have a relationship with us. That type of obedience doesn’t necessarily make sens but oh how good it was for us.
This week practice obedience. Take action on what your Bible says. Ask God what you need to be obedient to do, no matter how crazy it sounds.
His ways are not our ways, but they are much better ways.