The Freedom of Obedience

Obedience is not a popular word. We are used to self-determination, pulling ourselves up by our boot straps. We are the captain of our ship. I bow to none.

Our self-focused pursuit of liberty and happiness sure seems like it would lead to liberty and happiness. Funny how it doesn’t.

True liberty and happiness is only found in obedience to God.

Obedience does not lead to thoughts of liberty or happiness for most. Unfortunately, this  is an admission to disobedience. For truly obedient people know better.

We do not use or get liberty by serving ourselves, but by lovingly serving others.

Obedience to God allows us to be relaxed. We don’t have to remember when to lie and who to lie to. We don’t have to waste energy putting on a show. We don’t have to waste time explaining how even though we saw that commercial we “really don’t watch much tv.”

Ah, bask in the freedom of obedience. It allows you to sleep well at night and redeem the time. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “The Freedom of Obedience”

  1. I heard a (true) story about a man who was raised in the christian faith, but had not found deliverance from the power of sin via the new birth…he thought he was a christian, but did not really understand what that meant.

    Consequently he had a long struggle over anger, constantly bottling it up and then exploding on his family. He knew enough to know that this is not what the Bible said should have been his experience, and so struggled over the matter: sinning and confessing, over and over again.

    One day he read about people agonizing in prayer all night long and he decided to do that. In the evening he climbed up a hill, determined to wrestle with God in prayer all night long for the victory over his sin. As he sat there, he began to feel really foolish, and said to himself, “You’re young and strong…get down from here and go and get the victory over that little problem.” So he went back down, and 10 years later, was still struggling!

    Eventually, with the help of some true christians, he was able to see himself as he really was (un-regenerate, totally evil, and wholly lost) in spite of all his “good” works. He saw that sin consisted not in just actions or thoughts, but in an old stony heart, an evil spiritual nature, that needed to be cleansed away and replaced with new life from Christ. He bowed down before God and made a simple, intelligent prayer, and walked away a new man. From that point on, the power of anger was broken, and he knew the “freedom of obedience.”

  2. Frank,
    Thanks for sharing that true story, it could have been written about me for the most part.

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