Yesterday, I felt as if I were supposed to share on obedience in the Bible Study I facilitate. But as I began preparing my notes, I felt as if God said, “Stop. Before you share on obedience, remind them of grace.”
So, we began our discussion by remembering some truths:
1. We are righteous (right with God) because of Jesus’ perfect obedience not ours. (II Corinthians 5:21).
2. We are loved. (Romans 8:35)
3. We are accepted, redeemed, justified, forgiven, and holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4;6;7)
4. We are never forsaken. (Hebrews 13:5)
5. We are not condemned. (Romans 8:1)
If all of this is true (and it is), then why should I walk in obedience?
If we walk in obedience in fear of loosing any of the truths above, we revert back to walking in the Law.
But we walk in obedience because:
Our obedience glorifies God. (I Peter 2:11-12). As we walk in faith, integrity, and in joy, our lives point others to God.
Jesus asked us to. (John 14:15). Our obedience is not a “vie” for His love but a “response” to His love.
There is a blessing in obeying. Our obedience brings joy, peace, and freedom.
So Brothers and Sisters, walk in obedience. Not to win God’s love, not to maintain your righteous standing but because you have been graced with grace. Because you have been empowered by grace to say no to unrighteousness (Titus 2:12). Because it is an opportunity to glorify God. Because He loved you first. Because sin is no longer your master and you are free!