Indispensable Obedience

Genuine faith presumes obedience to Jesus Christ. Let me say that clearly: if your faith is true Bible faith, you will be obedient to God’s will.

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

Jesus asked men around Him, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” James said, “Show me your faith without your 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.

Neither faith nor agape love exists in words alone, that is, without action. If faith or love exist without active expression, they are useless, counterfeit.

So, is there anything more important in this life than doing the will of God? Absolutely nothing! Jesus declared, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

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 is the same for every follower of Christ. That 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.

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

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

Consider that Jesus gave up His powers of deity to inhabit a human body, living solely by the power and reality of the great Holy Spirit of God. The reason? He loved His Father with all His Being. And through that love, He loved His neighbors 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, in that, rather than being actually nailed to a cross, you are to be “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” And if you are a follower of Jesus – which the title “Christian” presumes – you will follow Him in proving “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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 don’t 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.

However, it need not come to that.

Make obedience to Jesus’s love commandments the priority of your life. Ask God to fill you with agape love that manifests in loving acts toward your neighbors, serving for His glory and not your own.

That produces obedience that is indispensable to faith and love.

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