The Importance of Obedience

Leviticus 22.31-32 demands, you must be sure to do My commandments. I am the LORD. You must not profane my holy name, and I will be sanctified in the midst of the Israelites. I am the LORD who sanctifies you.

Sanctification is a twenty-five cent word that means to make holy. It means to make us like God. It means to restore us to our true nature, the original intent of the Master Who made us.

The Bible’s story of humanity begins with male and female being made in the image of God. This is why humans are of more value than the animals. This is why murder, including abortion, is so wrong; an image bearer of God is being forcibly removed from this earth. It is why we are commanded to love one another as God has loved us.

We are children of God, descendants from one man and one woman who were formed by God and commanded to multiply. The key to returning to our original nature is to obey God.

Obedience to God is the means for becoming like God which is the will of God for all the people in the world. In order to obey God we must know what God requires. What we think is good isn’t necessarily what God has prescribed as good. We like to guess at what is good and pat ourselves on the back as being good without going to the source where good is defined, described and demonstrated.

Obedience to God can only be done by the power of God resident in the children of God through the Spirit of God. If the Spirit of God is not in a person, their works are not considered good by God and profit them nothing. Unless we are in God through a relationship with the Son of God we can do nothing of significance for God. This reality isn’t something we like but is God’s perspective as clearly spoken by God Himself when He lived among us as one of us in Jesus the Savior.

It really doesn’t matter what we think for we will not persuade God to deviate from His will when we meet Him face to face. He will enforce His will and hold us accountable for ignoring His directives which He graciously provided us through the Bible while we lived on this earth.

Our chief good is to obey God. His commands are not burdensome because He is humble and gentle but they are required of us if we plan to live with God forever in heaven and upon the new earth. Obedience is not an option because becoming like Jesus is not an option for the children of God since the Father is forming each one into the image of His Firstborn Son.

We either obey and participate or go our own way and pretend God doesn’t really care. Whose thinking are you betting your eternity upon? Your own or God’s as He defined it in the Bible?

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