Who of us likes to be told what to do? If that question conjured up negative feelings of submission and obedience then maybe we need to redefine what kind of obedience God would have us show. Most times, we humans tend to look at obedience as a bad thing, something we’re forced to do at worst and something we have to do at best. I have students in my fourth grade class at school who obey rules and directions out of fear of reprisal and some who obey out of honor and respect. God would much rather have us show obedience out of love, gratitude, and honor than anything else. Even Jesus, God in human form, showed obedience and submission to His ultimate plan of salvation. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Heb. 5:7-9). How can we really show our love for God? “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).
Now some will always look at God as a command giver, a rule maker who would have control over our lives, but the opposite is actually true. His commands are not meant to weigh us down but to set us free. “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:3).
I’ll leave this post with the suggestion to give obedience a try. Full submission to him is the only true way to show God love and allow him to begin molding us into the likeness of our savior Jesus.