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Obedience: Burden or Blessing?

Posted by Lorraine Serra on March 5, 2015 at 11:15 PM

“His commands are not burdensome.”

So He says in 1 John 5:3

Obedience.....Burden or blessing?

To discover the answer to that question, and the

subject of obedience, we need to look at the other verses

surrounding that 5 word statement.


“For this is the love of God, that we keep His

commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world;

and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.”


God's motivation in drawing boundaries

through commandments is LOVE.

Of course, because God is LOVE. 1 John 4:16

So then why are we so rebellious? Why

do we negotiate and rationalize so much?

It all started when we were about 2 years old

and began spouting off the word, “No!”.

And what did our loving parents do about that?

Gentle discipline, re-direction, and teaching.

A parent's LOVE is what motivates her

to set those boundaries, require that behavior

and reward the obedience and submission.

Born of love, concern for safety, training

for a future full of promise, strength and

success, a concerned parent prepares his

child for a future with good outcomes.

I bet every parent says to their growing teen,

“Please listen to me.

I don't want you to learn this the HARD WAY!”

And in the end, no matter how many rebellious

episodes come along, most people are thankful

for the boundaries and discipline their parents

enforced, though they hated it in the moment.


Is God any different? NO! Which is why

the Bible tells of REWARDS for obedience.


and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes

that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5: 4 and 5


NOT BLIND FAITH! Faith in the God of Heaven and Earth,

revealed to us in His Son, Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, alive

and active in our lives when we choose to

invite Him in. He has prepared good outcomes for us!


Lest we continue to rebel and shake our fist at God

like that two-year-old we used to be, or storm out

the door with a few choice expletives on our lips,

like that self righteous teen we used to be,

let's step back again for a moment.


God wants our relationship with Him, and

our obedience to Him, to be motivated by

LOVE as well!  What parent enjoys

submission from their kids out of fear!


Only when our love for Jesus overshadows

and trumps our love of self, will we see

the victory that faith promises. And, be

sure, it will require self denial at times,

but the reward is guaranteed to knock

our socks off!


Consider the mystery of Jesus'

words, “For whoever wants to save their life

will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me

and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24

and Matt 16:25


And let's not forget the incredible declaration:

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny

themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”Matt 16:24


No wonder Paul so often used the metaphor

of being a loyal soldier following the

captain's orders, or, if you prefer,

the athlete following strict and disciplined

training in order to win the competition.

It sounds so hard, so stark, unbearable!


But, Jesus assures us, "Come to Me,

all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon

you and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt 11: 28-30 

What a promise!


Let's meditate on these verses for a couple of

days and listen to God's heart for us.


Talk to you soon. I am praying for all of us.


Lord, we are in awe of Your love for us. Help us

to go deeper to follow You in everything.  We need to

relinquish control, and invite You into

our circumstances. Help us to lay down our

rebellion and test You, try You, be sold out

to You, and see how Your promises come

to pass. We can safely do this, because

You are always faithful. We love You, Lord.

Help us have the courage to prove it!  Amen!


Next time:  Though we may fail....



 

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