Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (KJV)
Anyone who knows me really well knows that I am a rebellious spirit. I have been since I was born. When I was a small child, my parents frequently heard that I “Danced to my own Drum” from my teachers and school administrators. As a teenager, well on second thought, maybe I won’t share about all of those rebellious moments. But, I still danced to my own drum. I hung out with the Library Quad kids. They were always in trouble, they drank and smoked, a lot of them had juvenile records, and it drove my parents nuts! Yet I sang every Sunday in the choir at church and participated in the youth group. I got good grades, yet I snuck out of the house at every opportunity. As you can see I was a bit of a wild child, but a good kid at the same time. I went to church every Sunday and sang, because I understood that it was important to me and to my journey. I got good grades, because I understood that it was important and would only serve to help me as I grew older. But, as I have grown older, I have noticed my rebellious spirit is calming… a bit, maybe. Well, sort of. I think. I hope. If you see yourself as a rebellious spirit, keep reading. You will find, you are not alone.
I have always had a problem with the word OBEY. I think my problem is part Satan (whole other article) and part of a rebellious spirit. In my case, OBEY has a tendency to leave huge questions in my mind, that unless I see a reason behind it, I find myself thinking a huge resounding “NO”. A lot of the time there are no conversations with the word OBEY. It is either a do or don’t sort of word. It seems to slip me up every time. The speed limit sign says 55 MPH. I see it and think to myself in my whiniest voice, “But I don’t wanna! Do I have to?” Of course I have to follow the speed limits. They are there for our safety. They allow us to enjoy our trip more fully. I hear at church that I should OBEY, and the first words that come to my mind are, “But I don’t wanna! Do I have to?” Of course I have to obey, I know that I should, but do I really want to? The words of the scriptures are written as a road map. They allow us to navigate our journey and allow us to enjoy our trip more fully. It wasn’t until I sat down and really started studying that I began to really understand the word OBEY and why we were being asked to obey GOD and the Lord Jesus Christ and the Scriptures. They are a roadmap for our life. When you think about it, what are we really being asked to do? Who benefits when we OBEY? Does anyone really suffer when WE OBEY? We are asked to walk upright and bear all things. We are asked to love one another. We are also asked to do all things with charity, which is the pure love of Christ. We are asked to keep the commandments and covenants that we make with the LORD when we are baptized. We are asked to bear one another’s burdens, fulfilling the law of Christ. We should be walking in the spirit and live in the spirit. We are asked to have faith. We are asked to lift all things in prayer and thanksgiving. We are asked to be beacons of light. We are asked to share the gospel. We are asked to nurture the fruits of the spirit. What do we get in return? Well, we are better for our obedience. It has its own reward. By being obedient we have the opportunity to make a difference in the world around us. We can change lives. We have the opportunity for everlasting life, returning home to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Our families can be together forever. AND, Satan loses. That in it and of itself is a reason we should obey.
Sisters, I testify to you that I know that Christ lives. I know that our Heavenly Father knows each of us and He is pleased with OUR work. He sees us in our daily struggles with obedience, and He knows the will of our hearts and minds. He sees our journey walking in Christ’s light and is pleased with us. This I know. I pray for each of you and your journey. I know that Satan is miserable and he fights to break us and break our willingness to obey. I pray that each of you stands strong against the adversary. I love you all and continue to pray daily. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!