“Can you imagine,” Stan asked, “how long this place would stay in business if, after about 45 minutes, I asked Ricky when our breakfast is going to be ready. What if I asked him that and his response was something like, ‘I haven’t put in the order yet, but I am going to.’”
“Probably not very long,” I responded.
“Same question with a different perspective,” Stan said. “How deep do you think my relationship with God is going to get if, when He asks ‘Have you obeyed yet?’ my response is something like, ‘I haven’t yet, but I am going to do so pretty soon.’”
“Same sort of answer,” I replied. “Not very deep.”
“Exactly, my friend,” Stan said. “God wants my obedience, and saying I am going to obey is not the same thing as obeying.”
Continuing, he said, “The only thing that satisfies God’s desire for my obedience is my obedience.”
“And what do you think gets in the way of obedience?” I asked.
“Loving myself more than I love God. Loving what I am doing and what I want to do apart from God more than loving what I am doing in obedience to what God wants.”
“It’s all about love?” I asked.
“That’s what Jesus said,” Stan replied. “And I believe Him when He said that if I love Him I will obey Him.”
If you love Me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.
To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making it clear through your word and your voice what it is you want of me in terms of my obedience. I confess that way too often I do not obey even though I say I will. Please forgive me. And please help me to follow every aspect of your leading and your wanting to lead me in obedience. Please, Lord, draw me ever closer so my obedience expresses my love for you just as you want. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.