While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5
Millions of voices are speaking every day throughout the entire world. Technology allows people to speak from any part of the world to any other part of the world instantly.
All of these voices are saying different things. Some will distinctly contradict others, while some will be similar in what they are saying. Challenges arise as to who one is supposed to listen to and which ones are telling the truth.
While three of the disciples and Jesus were on a mountaintop, the voice of God spoke from a cloud to them They were told that God was pleased with Jesus, His Son, and that they were to listen to Him.
It is easy to hear someone speak, but it is an entirely different thing to actually listen and put into practice what another person is saying.
Every week people go to church services all over the world and hear words of what Jesus had said. While they heard what He said, very few actually choose to obey what He said. They do not actually listen to Him, but only physically hear Him.
Since Jesus and God are examples of perfect love, they only want what is best for every believer. They are both eternal and know what is best because they can see the eternally big picture of every thing in the believer’s life and this world.
Jesus only speaks the truth and what the Father wants Him to say. If He is speaking what God is saying, it is best for the believer to listen and obey it, not just hear it.
Every day you will hear thousands of voices speaking to you through many different types of media and in person. You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to.
While people may have some fair advice to give you, God has perfect advice for you through His Holy Spirit and His word. Focus on what God is saying. Listen and then obey His every word to you.
God will never lead you astray nor deceive you in any way. His perfect love will only lead you on the perfect path for your life.
Who are you listening to today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will know what God is saying to you; that you will obey God’s every word to you; and that God will be able to say that He is well pleased with you.
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21
Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.
Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.
Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.
Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.
When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.
The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.
The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.
As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.
Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.
Do you really love God or is your words just words?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
Every person has someone who is an authority over them. Most often the authority is the boss or employer for whom they work. It is expected that each worker will obey the boss and do what is asked of them. If one does not do what the boss says, he will be reprimanded or fired.
Although the most common authority is a boss, there are also other authorities that are required to be obeyed. Police, guards, parents and others also are authorities to be obeyed.
Jesus asked the people why they call Him, ‘Lord,’ but do not obey Him.
The term ‘Lord’ is another term for master or ruler, authority. Very few people like to use the term ‘Lord’ in today’s society. It brings the implication of slavery or ownership and no one likes to be considered a slave or being owned by another person.
However, Jesus does own the believer, because He bought the believer with His own blood. He paid the price with His blood so that the person may have life. With this price being paid, Jesus has full authority over one’s life. He is the Master, the Head Boss.
Many will call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ but will not obey Him as Lord. They act as if His commands are suggestions or that they have the freedom to choose what they will obey or not obey.
Acting like this is a double standard and Jesus is not truly Lord in their life. They are not being wise, but foolish, saying one thing, but doing another. Those who do not obey Jesus will be cast out in the end. They will be rejected by God when they stand before Him.
Obedience is a requirement to follow Jesus.
As you believe in and call Jesus your Lord, you must be willing to obey Him. At a minimum Jesus tells you to love God with everything in you, love others, including your enemies, to be His witness and to make disciples.
These are just the beginning of following Jesus. As you do these things, God will guide you in how to do these things. This is where complete obedience comes in. It reveals if Jesus is really Lord in your life or not.
Ask yourself if you have really made Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life or not.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that Jesus will be LORD over your life; that you will hear and know God’s every command to you; and that you will obey God’s every command to you.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
With a lot of excitement people look forward to a coming, exciting event. Each day as it gets closer, the amount of excitement grows with anticipation of it. Once the day finally arrives, they will quickly act upon it and let everyone know regardless of who it does or does not involve.
The reason that people will let others know, is that they they are excited because it is good news to the one being affected. It is time for action, not ignorance or avoidance and they want as many involved as possible.
Jesus had grown up waiting for the day to come to start His ministry. Finally the day had come and it was a day for everyone to repent and believe.
The day has come has not changed since Jesus had proclaimed it nearly two thousand years ago, yet, people try to ignore it or put it off. Many in the world refuse to want to believe in Jesus today. They want to wait until a better time.
In the same way, many in the church do not want to fully repent and turn from certain sins and fully believe God’s word. They want to continue in some sin, while claiming to believe in and follow Jesus. They want to put off the repentance until a later, more convenient time.
The problem is no one is guaranteed the next moment. Each person may die within the next second. The time for repentance and belief in the gospel message is now. Not tomorrow, not in a while, but right now. Every person must put off all procrastination and repent and start believing right now, instead of waiting until it is too late.
Only you and God knows exactly where you are with Him. It is easy to claim with your mouth that you have repented and believe, but it needs to be done from the heart.
If you have been putting off obeying God’s word, today is the day to begin. Right now is the time to begin obeying with repentance and belief. This goes with repentance of sin and with obeying God’s commands to you. What is God calling you to do? Today, right now is the time to begin, not later or tomorrow, which may not come.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all sins; that you will believe God’s word now; and that you will not put off God’s commands to you anymore.