Jesus Exemplified Obedience

“Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”

Hebrews 5:8-9

          Sin came and made us believe it was humiliating to be always seeking to know and do God’s will, but Jesus came to show us how pleasing to God a life of obedience is!  His life was our example, our surety and as our head, to prepare a new and obedient nature to impart to us. His obedience is a life principle. Christ’s obedience leading to righteousness is the beginning of a new life for each of us.

          Obedience was a joy to Jesus; it should be the same to us.  Why do we resist obedience to doing the will of God? Most often it is our own selfish desire to have our own way. This has often been my downfall on the path of life, have you experienced this? It is the sinful nature that we deal with daily, and the free will that God allows us to have, that we make wrong choices and displease the heart of God and it brings forth disobedience.

          But as we are willing to be emptied, to become a servant, and are willing to be humbled before God and man we will see the beauty and power of true obedience.  It will come as our faith grows and our total dependence is upon God’s strength, and acceptance of the fact that we can do nothing of ourselves. We are born with the idea that we can do anything we set our minds to, but in reality it is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

          Once we see that God requires total obedience, and promises help for it, we yield ourselves so His divine power can work, and His Holy Spirit can do what needs to be accomplished in our lives so that we become obedient children of God.  This is a learning process that takes much time, prayer and a consecrated love for Jesus!

I’m learning, are you? 

“ I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 40:8