John14:21 Obedience Equals Love

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.

Luke 6:46 Obedience Is Required

“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.

Mark 1:15 The Time Is Now

“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.

Matthew 28:20 It Is All About Obedience

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20

Every organization or place that a person goes, there will always be some set of rules or regulations that he must obey and follow. These rules and regulations are set in place to create order and to protect everyone involved in various ways.

If there are no rules or regulations, then there is only chaos and problems. No one would know what is expected of them and would just do their own thing.

As Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He gave some last minute instructions to the disciples. They were to go and make disciples and teach them to obey everything He had commanded.

One of the great teachings that is always taught in churches is that God loves everyone and has grace for all, while ignoring teaching obedience. As soon as one talks about obeying the commands of Jesus, many take offense saying that to talk like that is to be legalistic. While this can be true, it does not have to be that way.

Jesus did say that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. He gave many commands on how live life on this earth. Most were about how to live with other people and the rest were how to serve God. All of His commands fall under loving others and loving God. Doing these two things will bring peace and order to a chaotic world.

As a believer disciples another believer, he must never forget to teach obeying all that Jesus commanded. It is not just about God’s love and grace, but about how a believer must live for and obey God. As believers obey the commands of Jesus, God’s desire will be done on this earth.

Every day you will have opportunities to talk about Jesus with others. Some will be unbelievers who need to hear about who Jesus is. Others will be believers who need to be taught and encouraged in what Jesus said and commanded.

Do not ignore His commands and only focus on His grace, mercy and forgiveness. Be willing to talk about the commands of Jesus. Teach how He gave rules and guidelines on how to really love others and really love God. And as you do this, He will always be with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the commands of Jesus; that you will obey all of God’s commands; that you will teach all of God’s commands; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

Zephaniah 2:3 What To Search For

Looking on a beach

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3 

As a person is growing up he begins to search for what he wants to do with his life. The challenge of trying to decide what type of career the person would like to do for income looms great in one’s mind.

Throughout life many people will continue to search for meaning and purpose in life. They will seek these things in many different places and things. This will become even more of a concern, when one begins to go through tough times and everything is falling apart.

Zephaniah tells the people to seek God, His righteousness and humility. This is to be done as one sees the day of God’s judgement coming.

God’s patience does not last forever with people or nations. For each person or nation there comes a day of judgement. God will not put up with sin forever. Before the final judgement at the end of time, God has days where He will strike nations or individuals to get their attention back on Him.

Those who are humble and realize that God is in control will seek God. They will seek God to find out what He desires for them. They will turn from sin, repenting in humility as they seek His righteousness and holiness.

Only when a person turns to God and seeks His way of living, will God begin to protect them from the judgement coming. God can work in a way to spare them as others are judged and struck to get their attention. Miracles can occur during times of famine, drought, disaster, disease, sickness, pandemics, or any other event that hits nations or people to get their attention, to shelter those who trust in Him.

You may see disaster, sickness and death all around you, however, you do not need to fear any of those things. Do not seek the ways of this world to get through the troubles. Seek God, His kingdom, His righteousness and holiness and you will be doing what God desires for you to do.

As you are doing what God is wanting you to do, He will put His hand of favor upon you and protect you from judgement. He will give you strength to make it through troubling times.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in everything you do; that you will seek God’s righteousness in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will trust God with your life.