|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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