As a Christian, do you think of obedience in terms of duty rather than privilege. Obedience is not a duty but the choice of liberty. God has given us the freedom of choice to experience relationship with Him.
Christians are no longer enslaved to sin in disobedience. Christians are free to obey. There is freedom in obedience. How free are you? We are most free when we obey. Free to be in relational fellowship with God as God intended.
The Greek word for obedience is "hupakouo" which means, "to listen under; obey." Nowhere in the New Testament are the words for "obedience" or "disobedience" used in direct connection with the Law or rules and regulations. Obedience is not mechanical, ecclesiastical or ritualistic. Obedience always has a personal/relational context.
In the New Testament the word obedience pertains to listening to and responding to God, Jesus, Paul, parents, etc. never to duty in some kind of performance activity.
Obedience is being receptive, that's why the apostle Paul refers to our receptivity of Christ as the "obedience of faith" (Rom. 1:5; 16: 26). Faith is best defined as the receptivity of God's activity. Faith is relational. As a Christian we are responsible to listen in order to discern what Christ wants to do, to be convinced and persuaded that what we have heard from Christ is what God wants to be and do in us. This receptivity of "listening under" is not simply some intellectual musing but rather the experiential reality of an intimate relationship with God who is my Indwelling life. Being aware of my spiritual union allows me to hear what God is saying and responding relationally. My sheep hear My voice...and they follow me" (John 10: 27).
God is not interested in your performance, He's interested in you.
"Then Samuel said, Do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around God is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God’s command, he says No to your kingship" (1 Samuel 15:22).
So, go ahead- enjoy the Liberty of relational obedience with Jesus Christ today and experience the obedience of faith!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017