PC-USA 1997-02-08 - Obedience

We all know, intellectually, that we should live lives that are obedient to God. However, putting this into effect in everyday life isn't always easy! But from the beginning, God's people have been instructed to obey:

Exo 19:5 (NIV) Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.
Lev 18:4 (NIV) You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God.

We are to obey as a witness. Our obedience shows our relationship to Him. While salvation is based on faith, that faith, and gratefulness for what He has done for us, should result in obedience.

1 John 2:3 (NIV) We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

Though it should not be our motive, obedience brings us blessings as well. As a song by Twila Paris song says, "To obey Him is an open door to your unspoken dreams."

1 John 3:21-22 (NIV) Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us,we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

Dear Lord we thank You that You will help us to obey You. We thank You for the rewards that You give us sometimes when we do obey. Help us to obey you out of love and gratefulness. In Jesus' name amen.