Hello Fam! It feels so good to be here again on Perrys Tots.
Few days ago, my friends and I met on the Zoom App to pray. As you know, online activities, be it spiritual or otherwise, is the new normal these days in the face of the prevailing situation across the world. This online spiritual activity has helped in accelerating my spiritual growth in no small way. Not only has it helped me, it has also helped my friends because we are seeing and experiencing our lives take on a new and glorious ascent in God where our thoughts, minds and hearts are being shaped for the kingdom agenda.
As we prayed on this day, the person leading the prayer mentioned “Love and Obedience” as the subject of contemplation. This struck a chord in me instantly and the inspiration to write on the subject was birthed. Let me ask you: Do you think there’s a correlation between love and obedience as it relates to God and our walk with Him? If I were to provide an answer to this question, I would say a big YES! This is because the degree to which you love God is directly proportional to the degree to which you will obey His words and instructions. Besides, your obedience is predicated on the extent to which you love the Father and how you strive to do what pleases Him.
Jesus Christ expressly admonished us in John 14:15 that,“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” What Jesus meant was that if we loved Him, we should show it by doing what He has told us to do. How do you lead your life? Do you tremble and reverence God’s words and instructions to you? Do you obey the counsel God hasgiven to you, directly or through His servants?
“Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for me? What holiday spot reserve for me? I made all this!” GOD’S Decree. “But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say.”(Isaiah 66:1–2, MSG)
A striking example here is the account in Genesis 22:1–9,where God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. You would recall that Isaac was the son of promise Abraham had waited on God for. Loads of lessons from this account are jumping at me as I write but I’ll stick with three, highlighting them as questions so as not to bore you.
“This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed––all because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:16–18, NLT)
Abraham reaped the benefits of obedience of which we are still partakers till this day. Mary told the attendants at the wedding in Cana of Galilee that,“whatever He says to you, DO it.” Herein lies the secret to our breakthrough and our blessings––to do all that He instructs and commands us as we learn to wait on Him and hear Him speak to us.
It’s my utmost desire and prayer that, as God speaks to us and His Spirit reveals His will, we will fully obey Him and do so promptly. By so doing, we boldly declare our love for Him and trusting Him even when we do not understand (yet) what He is doing.
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