Make This Your Top Goal

As you set goals for the new year, make sure this one tops the list: OBEY GOD!

This runs contrary to how we like to live because we don’t like being told what to do or when to do it or even how to do it.  Our typical attitude is, “I’ve got this” UNTIL our mistakes lead to consequences and life gets out of control.  God deeply loves us and knows what’s best for us.  In fact, the Bible teaches that He has planned and numbered our days.  He knows who He designed us to be and what He planned for us to accomplish while on earth.  He calls us to follow Him, to obey Him and He placed His Spirit inside us and gave us His Living Word to help us obey. 

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible has much to say about obedience…Here are a few key verses on obedience: 

  • “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
  • “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.’” John 14:23
  • “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
  • “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
  • “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.” 1 John 2:4–6

Are you drawing near to God and obeying what He is telling YOU to do?

Ask God to show you how you can change and improve in this foundational area of the Christian walk.

A missionary translator was endeavoring to find a word for “obedience” in the native language. This was a virtue seldom practiced among the people into whose language he wanted to translate the New Testament. As he returned home from the village one day, he whistled for his dog and it came running at full speed. An old man, seeing this, said, admiringly in the native tongue, “Your dog is all ear.” Immediately the missionary knew he had his word for obedience. (Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations by Paul Lee Tan)

How can you be more all ears for God this year?  A few practical suggestions:

  1. Start your day with God.  Recalibrate your mind with His Word.  Listen more than speaking.
  2. Surrender again.  Confess where you have been wrong.  Die to selfish ambitions and actions. 
  3. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit.  He will.  Walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.
  4. Now believe by faith that God is fully  alive in you and He will be with you throughout the day.

Be careful not to disconnect obedience from the love God has for you.  He made you, planned your life, loves you unconditionally and He will never leave you.

Jeff Wilson

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