Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Obedience — Just Do It

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

There comes a point when the cheerleading ends. Vision casting is over. No more planning. It’s time to, as the Nike commercial says, “Just do it!” That’s especially true when it comes to obedience. 

I don’t know what it is when Christ followers hear the word, obey, but it’s like the air leaks out of the tires for them. Obedience is like the fine print that no one reads in the instruction manual. But if we ever intend to abide in Christ’s love, then obey we must. Jesus said it would take obedience to “abide in My love” [John 15.10].

Perhaps this is just what you needed to hear today. There is no secret plan here. The key to abiding in Christ is obeying. And abiding in Him leads to obedience.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered that gritting my teeth and willing myself to be more obedient just doesn’t work. I’ve also found that all my promises to be more obedient haven’t worked very well either. What has worked is Christ’s way; abiding in Him, resting in Him, casting all my burdens onto Him, leaning on the everlasting arms — that’s where I’ve drawn strength, and found the energy to obey!

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15.10

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