July 26 - John 14:23

Friday, July 26, 2013

“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Obedience is not our best thing as humans.  We always think we have a better way of doing things or of thinking about things. For me, when someone tells me what to do, my first instinct is to think of a million different ways to accomplish it … all done in my own time so that it no longer becomes their process, but mine.

The law tells us to stop at a stop sign, but when you’re out in the country and there is no one around for miles, is it only a suggestion? (my answer might be yes.)  We know what the right thing to do is in most every situation, so why is the world not an easier place in which to live?  Why are out prisons full and why do relationships break down? Why isn’t everyone fit and healthy? Why do our students not study and why do we refuse to treat each other with respect and kindness?  Why do we use terrible manners at the table or recycle everything that we throw away?

Because obedience simply doesn't come naturally for everyone.   Some of us do some things better than others, but before any of us gets too ‘holier than thou,’ there is a niggling reminder in the back of our mind that tells us why we aren't all that perfect.

Jesus’ commandments aren't that difficult to obey.  Everything pretty much centers around two of them: Love God, Love Others.  We can’t even obey those commandments without an argument.  We want to qualify what it means for us to love God and love others. We want to make sure that we aren't going to leave our own best interests out there in the cold if we obey Jesus.

Would it make a difference if we knew that through our obedience, the Creator of the Universe and the Savior of all humanity would live with us?  Would it make a difference at all?

Put it to the test.  What would it take for you to give over an entire day to obedience … not just to anyone, but to Jesus Christ. It’s worth a try.