Indispensable Obedience

Genuine faith presumes obedience. Let me say that clearly: if your faith is true Bible faith, you will practice obedience to God’s will as expressed in His word.

Should that come as a shock to anyone? Not if he or she reads the Bible.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” James said, “Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.” Paul said that the purpose of his apostleship was “for obedience to the faith among all nations.” Romans 1:5

Obedience to the will of God is Job One for professing Christians. If we do not do God’s will, how can we call ourselves Christians? We cannot.

So, is there anything more important in this life than doing the will of God? Absolutely nothing!

The first question you and I need to ask of the Lord is, What is Your will for me? Now, if we read the Bible, we know that His general will for every follower of Christ is to love Him with every fiber of our being and, from the overflow of that love, to love our neighbors to the same degree as we love ourselves. And that is no ordinary love, but agape love, as defined in 1 Corinthians thirteen.

Once you do that you will have no problem discovering the specific will of God for your life, meaning, how He wants you to express His general will in service to Him.

What? Did you not know that you are to serve Him?

Neither faith nor agape love is to be expressed in words alone, that is, without corresponding action. If faith or love exists without active expression, it is useless, counterfeit.

Consider that Jesus gave up His powers and privileges of deity to inhabit a human body, living solely by the power and reality of the great Holy Spirit of God in order to fulfill His Father’s assignment. The reason? He loved His Father with all His Being. And through that love, He loved His neighbor as Himself. Thus, the general will of God was expressed specifically in the mission His Father assigned to Him.

Your specific assignment from God will be somewhat different. Instead of being literally nailed to a cross, your assignment includes  becoming “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” As you follow Jesus in serving God you are to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Which, in everything you do, will be motivated by agape love.

Are you performing the general will of God, in love for Him that makes Him and His specific will the absolute priority of your life?

If not, then do not be surprised at the Judgment if He says to you, Depart from Me; I never knew you. Departing from His presence for eternity will be the natural and logical consequence of having departed from Him in heart during your temporal life.

That need not occur, however. Give yourself fully to serving God in obedience to His Holy Spirit and His word. That is your reasonable service.

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