Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Obedience....For Real?

So often I claim I am trying to walk in obedience. But then something comes along and I question just where do I get that I walk in obedience. True obedience is total submission, and the dictionary defines that as "yielding to the authority and power of another".
Isn't the reality often more like I will give this up, or I will do this...because I can. I am willing.
But how often am I really yielding to the power of God?
What are the things He is asking me to do, and I could do if I was truly submitting to his power rather than relying on my own power. Because when I look at the reality of MY obedience, I only do what I can do within my own power. I do not really pay much attention to be the things He may be calling me to do that I can't quite imagine how I would do it.
There is so much to do, so I can't imagine that if I were really listening, there would be a list of things I am not hearing. When I tune in and get a real glimpse of the condition of this world....the hunger, the pain, the loneliness, the addictions, the crime, the poverty, and the number of people who do not know or have even heard of Christ...then the reality is He is asking many of us to do much more than most of us are doing. We make the circle so small for our influence.
Today I was wondering how I will feel in the presence of God as He shows me the lost opportunities He presented me with. I wonder how obedient I will feel at that moment.
So my challenge for myself today, and yes for you too...how can we broaden our circle? What is He asking of us that we can do, if we are obedient with his power in mind?
"Submit to God and be at peace with him, in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart." Job 22: 21, 22

May you find salt and light in my words.

2 comments:

  1. Your writing is thought provoking, without offending or judging. Thanks for connecting with me. Keep writing!

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  2. I too struggle with this: Do my actions line up with how I perceive myself in Christ? That's why I always ask God to search my heart, and align my life with His living and active Word!

    Blessings to you!

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