How do you learn to walk in obedience? I would like to share some thoughts that will help you embrace an attitude of willing obedience.
Remember, if you’re willing (inward attitude) and obedient (outward action), you will eat the good of the land.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
It is easy to make children obey, even if they do not want to. God wants willing obedience; only then can we enjoy His blessings.
So, instead of praying to God to show us what to say and what do, which is fine to do, get into the Word of God. Are we obeying God’s Word first of all?
8 Reasons Why Obedience to God Is Important
Jesus Calls Us to Obedience
In Jesus Christ, we find the perfect model of obedience. As his disciples, we follow Christ’s example as well as his commands. Our motivation for obedience is love.
“If you love me, obey my commandments.
Obedience Is an Act of Worship
While the Bible places a strong emphasis on obedience, it’s important to remember that believers are not justified (made righteous) by our obedience.
Salvation is a gift of God, and we can do nothing to merit it.
True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
God Rewards Obedience
Repeatedly we read in the Bible that God blesses and rewards obedience.
And through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”
Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Obedience to God Proves Our Love
John 5:2–3 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.
2 John 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Obedience to God Demonstrates Our Faith
1 John 2:3–6 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice
1 Samuel 15:22–23 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So, because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you asking.”
Disobedience Leads to Sin and Death
The disobedience of Adam brought sin and death into the world. But Christ’s perfect obedience restores our fellowship with God, for everyone who believes in him.
Romans 5:19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
Through Obedience, We Experience the Blessings of Holy Living
Only Jesus Christ is perfect, therefore, only he could walk in sinless obedience. But as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, we grow in holiness.
Psalm 119:1–8 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
These promises that God will dwell among us, receive us, and be our Father (6:16–18) should motivate us to holiness through obedience. To walk in obedience
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land
Ask yourself, why am I not having that breakthrough.
If you’re willing (inward attitude) and obedient (outward action), you will eat the good of the land.
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Notes taken from 8 reasons why obedience to God is important