Christian faith that is not marked by obedience is inherently dissatisfying. When we fail to allow God the room to transform us through submitting our lifestyles, our faith begins to feel as irrelevant to us on the inside as it looks to the world on the outside.
"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do."
Salvation is the ticket, but sanctification is the adventure. Sanctification is the transforming process of God working in our life. Spots in our lives that need work are shown to us by reading the word, advice and warnings from trusted individuals, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. God is ready and willing to show us his best practices in each part of our lives, but he only fixes what we consent to see changed.
Often obedience is a word we overblow into an idea of perfectly following a clearly marked path. I think an easier way to think of obedience is willingness. Willingness is everything when it comes to being transformed by God. God wants to fulfil __ in my life. The bible says __ about the importance of that goal. Willingness is taking that information, doing everything you can to position your life to give that goal a shot, and trusting God will show up to change your heart in the process.
Is there a commandment or attitude in scripture that you have written off as impossible to follow because "that's just not me" or "that's just who I am"?
Do you ever trick yourself into thinking that there is a part of your lifestyle that God is not interested in enjoying with you and seeing you grow?
What could your lifestyle benefit from being a doer of the word of God? What do you see in scripture that will never be applied in your life without an attitude of willingness
Written by Aleksandr Trbovich