Obedience? Pshhh. Not for me!
We live in a country where personal liberty is a constitutional ‘right’. People are free to conduct their lives how they please (sounds good, but is it true?) so long as it doesn’t violate someone else’s (or their own) right to personal security. We now live in a society where some, who are expressing their personal liberty, have adopted their own moral order, where certain behavior is accepted, and in some cases, encouraged. They have fooled themselves into thinking this is freedom, when actually it’s slavery (1 Timothy 4:1-2). We, however, know that there is only freedom in Christ (Romans 8:2). Let’s look at a couple more scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
When we are adopted into the family of God, which can only be done by repentance (turning from our sins) and faith (in Jesus Christ) we must turn from our old sinful way of life which leads to death and embrace our new life which brings TRUE freedom. This life requires obedience (to God’s moral order) and allegiance to a new King, Jesus Christ. Aren’t you happy to be serving Jesus Christ, instead of an addiction, insecurity, fear, and other people?
“Freedom is not being able to do what you please, it’s being able to do what you please and saying no.” Many people say they are not slaves to their lifestyle, but if they were to try and stop they couldn’t, only Jesus can set them free!
Yes, obedience is hard. Saying NO to sin is hard but take courage for it says in Philippians 2:12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
Remember that obedience can’t save you. But, without a desire to obey God and submit to his moral standard, are you really saved? Read Romans 12:1-2 for more on this…
I’ll write more as we go through this series… But feel free to share your thoughts.