I think every believer in Christ wonders at one point or another if their salvation is “real”. Another gift that comes to us through obedience is our security in Christ. Jesus gives us a straightforward “test” to evaluate the sincerity of our love for Him.
This is the last post of the Obedience study. In case you missed the beginning of this study… Obedience – Why Does it Matter Part 1
1 John 2:3-5 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
God’s love is perfected in us as we are obedient to Him. Part of that process of perfection is the blessing of KNOWING that we are a child of God. When we sin against God, we will feel guilt and shame… which separates us from God. Sin is rebellion against God, and is inconsistent with a loving relationship with God. The enemy grabs that opportunity to exploit our guilty conscience and tempt us to doubt God’s love for us.
The claim to love Jesus Christ is demonstrated through obedience to Him.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service [act of worship].
Our bodies means all that we are – body, mind, spirit, soul. When we conquer temptation and sacrifice our selfish fleshly desires, that is TRUE WORSHIP!
Paul identified himself frequently as a slave of Jesus Christ. It is sometimes translated servant or bondservant, but the Greek word is “doulos”, which means SLAVE.
Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
There are two clear choices: slave to sin, or slave to Jesus Christ. There are two clear results: eternal punishment in hell, or eternal life with God. Addiction is a perfect illustration of worship. The focus is completely on the object the person is addicted to. They are willing to sacrifice everything to “worship” what they are addicted to. Nothing else matters. Every aspect of life revolves around the object of the addiction. The problem is, they have chosen a “god” that is a false god, a god that will “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
Jesus is identified in the book of Acts TWO times as Savior, and He is identified 111 times as LORD (NKJV). The Greek word “Kurios” is typically translated Lord, and it is used almost 750 times in the New Testament. It means master, supreme in authority, above all others, highest.
Those who love Jesus see Him as Lord, Master, Ruler and King of their lives. That means the ONLY acceptable and appropriate response to Him is OBEDIENCE!
1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We are His. He bought us (redeemed us) with His blood, and He has complete authority over our life. Because of His love for us, He will also discipline us when we are disobedient.
Hebrews 12:6-8 For the LORD disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplines by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all.
True obedience flows from a heart that loves its master. Not from religion or legalism. Not from obligation or debt, because we could NEVER repay the debt we owe Jesus Christ.
John 15:13-14 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are My friends if you do what I command.
2 John 1:6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard form the beginning, you should walk in it.
Do you love Him?
We all know the consequences of disobedience, because we have all been disobedient. To wrap this study up, I want to ask some questions:
What will your life look like a year from now? What does that depend on? There are some things in life you will never be able to control… but what CAN you control? You can control your thoughts, your words, your actions, your decisions and your priorities.
If you choose to live in obedience to Jesus Christ, what impact do you think that would have on your life? What other lives might be impacted by your walk with Christ over the next year? You will impact others… the question is will it be a positive impact, or a negative one?
True, willing obedience is our greatest expression of love for our Lord, Savior and Master.
1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
May God bless you and may you walk in willing, loving obedience to Him.