Passing the test of obedience. Perfect sermon for me today! Little pointers:
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:22, 23 KJV)
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. (Deuteronomy 28:14 KJV)
Obedience is the core course of a Christian. It is not optional. Obedience comes to me in the special spiritual school of experience. Obedience is not just obeying the ‘letter’, but the Spirit behind the ‘letter’. High standards!
So many positives of people who obeyed (check out Hebrews 11) even in circumstances which seems pretty unreasonable. A remarkable one was the lady who had her last flour and Elisha asked for her to make him food. She obeyed. She never lacked.
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. (1 Samuel 13:8-10 KJV)
God make me wise.
God said I shouldn’t do something but I start rationalise things in my mind?
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. (1 Samuel 15:24 KJV)
People will be people!!! Never use other people as an excuse for your disobedience.
I start well, I must finish well!
Disobedience can affect more than you. It affects your friend, your family, your neighbourhood, your community, your mission, your generation. No point doing mission work with a disobedient heart to God. Mission for Christ but kicking against him?! God is not mocked.
Any good thing I do, even if I have been a missionary for all my life, if there is one iota of disobedience, then all my ‘acts’ mean NOTHING.
Time for a inner check up.