Lacy Hardee

2016 is over, past, done but our life isn’t. Has your life been all you wanted it to be this past year?

God has a plan to make our lives more than we ever imagined. But how, we all ask?

Obedience is defined as an act or instance of obeying, the quality or state of being obedient, and simply doing what you’re asked or told to do.

Must of us, especially when we’re children, learn that when we are disobedient to our parents, punishment was forthcoming. But we also learned that when we were obedient, a reward of some kind was ours in the end.

Our Heavenly Father is no different towards us than we are to our own children, and evidently more wise as to the big picture than we could ever be.

In fact, I think we could say He is much more patient and forgiving than any of us could ever dream of being.

If we as believers are to grow in our walk with God, we must learn to be obedient to our Father. In doing so, we not only will we grow closer to Him, but also reap the rewards His Word promises us for our obedience.

God’s Word offers us verses concerning His promises to us. Here are just a few:

Genesis 22:17-18: I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (The LORD speaking to Abraham through an angel).

Proverbs 13:13: Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Psalm 1:1-2: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Luke 11:28: But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!” (Jesus speaking).

Ephesians 5:6: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

It was Christian writer and speaker, Oswald Chambers who said, "The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience."

If we are to become all that God has planned for us, we cannot get there by being disobedient or just by picking and choosing the rules we want to follow. We must obey them all.

Jesus is our only example of true, unwavering obedience. It was His intimate relationship with His Father that led to His obedience. Despite His knowledge of the final outcome of His life, Jesus chose to be obedient unto death.

We have that same choice. Our level of obedience stems from our own intimacy with God. The stronger our relationship with Him, the more we know and understand the importance of our obedience.

Think of Jesus, Who was so intimate with His Father that His obedience became the way He was. As a result, He saw and heard what others did not: A dead girl was merely asleep. A woman caught in adultery was not any guiltier than those who accused her. Playing children were like a kingdom. Such intimacy led Him to a cross, and His obedience also led to resurrection.

And so, obedience is not only about intimacy and being. It is about hope, the hope of resurrection.

That same hope is our reward, the reward of a life of obedience.

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