Sometimes the messages I get are just fantastically simple. Today was one of those days, but it was definitely what I needed to hear today.
Love leads to obedience.
So that leads to the question, what do I love and what am I obeying?
Do I love the approval of others so much that I’m obeying the voice that says I’m only successful if I get it?
Do I love recognition so much that I’m obeying the voice that says I need to make sure I get the credit for everything I do?
Do I love fitting in so much that I’m obeying the voice that says it’s ok to pretend to be something I’m not to ensure I’m not rejected?
Do I love the identity I get from what I do so much that I’m obeying the voice that says my success in that is all that matters?
Do I love the Lord so much that I’m obeying his voice that says he approves of me because Christ is in me?
Do I love the Lord so much that I’m obeying his voice that says to give him all the glory?
Do I love the Lord so much that I’m obeying his voice that says I’m already so incredibly loved and accepted?
Do I love the Lord so much that I’m obeying his voice that says that my identity is found in him and him alone, and that identity will never change?
I’m sad to say that I’ve had times in my life when I’d have to answer yes to all the questions in that first set.
But, by the grace of Jesus, I can also answer yes to the second set of questions most of the time.
But I’d be lying if I said I don’t still struggle with it.
Complete obedience is hard. Really hard. But one of the things I love so much about Jesus is that he gave us a perfect example of everything he asks us to do.
He loves the Father so much that he was perfectly and completely obedient, even to the point of dying on the cross.
I know I will never be perfectly obedient like that, and I am so thankful that I don’t have to be because Jesus did it for me.
But I can sure try to let my love for the Lord always be what leads to my obedience.
That’s the only obedience that ever works out for me anyway. Maybe one of these days I’ll finally get that.