Every Christian knows that obedience to God means not sinning, but that’s only part of what obedience to God is all about. That might rock some of you, but it’s true. The key to understanding obedience is to understand what it really means to follow Jesus.
Today’s scripture passage is found in Matthew 25:34-40.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Jesus commands us to live His law of love towards God, neighbor and self. This means providing for others’ needs when you are able. Perhaps you know of someone or a family who needs food, clothing or shelter. Perhaps you will open up your home or you know of a safe, loving place where needs can be met and you make sure to take these people there. Perhaps you can give food or clothing when you know there’s hardship. Perhaps you can run errand if someone is ill or disabled. Perhaps you can reach out in warmth and compassion when you know someone is lonely or isolated. Being loving to someone is being obedient to God.
Regarding yourself, perhaps you can see to your own needs. You could treat yourself to something that’s special to you, you can take a break so you don’t run out of energy, you can take some time to pray, or you can meet with a friend and do something fun together. You might not have realized it, but disregarding your own needs is being disobedient to God.
Last but by no means least, you need to show God that you love Him. How? You can spend time in prayer, which is conversation between you and Him. You can listen for God the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life and follow that lead. You can recall how Jesus treated people in scripture and also made time to pay attention to the Father. When you talk to God, you can bring up things that you know He cares about. How about giving thanks for His love and blessing in your life and others you know about? How about giving thanks for His using you for His plan and purpose not only now but for eternity?
Pastor G and I pray you now understand what total obedience to God means and that you practice it daily in your walk with Him. You can even ask Him to help you please Him in this way. He loves requests like these. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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