Have you ever thought of how important obedience is to parents concerning their children? Parents love obedience and when their children learn it and walk in it, the parents feel as though they are of the most blessed in the world.
When parents go through the teen years with their kids, they don’t think in terms of the word obedience so much anymore. Either their children have grown to the teen years having learned respect, a civil attitude, and reasonable compliance or they haven’t. By the time we are adults, we dump the word obedience. The very word obedience has the tendency to draw us back to memories of childhood. Adults think more in terms of, I am an adult and I can do what I want. Submission to any kind of authority is often in response to a paycheck, an incentive, or to avoid trouble. Adults like the word freedom and obedience seems like a constraint to that freedom.
Obedience NEVER becomes less important to God. One reason God so wants children to learn obedience is because it sets them up to obey Him and His Word. It also positions them to respond to authority as they become adults. It ultimately brings them to greater opportunities of success and blessing. Let me show you this truth through some verses and break them down for you so you can see the magnitude of them.
Exodus 19:5-6 says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” Let me expound on the words of these verses. “…obey me fully” means to know obey God intelligently and attentively. It implies getting to now God’s character and His desires for us. That comes over time from reading and rereading the entire Bible. It also refers to growing in understanding of what godly behavior and living is. It is more than that though. As we learn God’s Word and hide it in our hearts, He brings scriptures to memory and speaks to our hearts through them. It is one of the ways God interacts with us and instructs, and prompts our conscience to follow Him.
“Keep my covenant” means to understand that we are in a covenant relationship with God and to guard, protect and give attention to it’s importance. Let me use this illustration. Imagine you had a relationship with someone that became your best friend in the whole word. This relationship is so tight and special that you wouldn’t do anything to mess it up. You are so close at heart in your friendship, that you would do anything for each other. Your sincere attitude is what’s mine is yours and you both feel that way toward each other. Now take that even one step higher in that you are also business partners with a legal agreement. That is what a covenant relationship with God is. He has that kind of love toward us and makes Himself legally bound to us by His Word – even when we stumble and fall—something He will never do.
The Lord says, “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant…,” then something precious will happen— “out of all the nations you will be my treasured possession.” Now God this covenant promise started with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob— to the Jews—to Israel. They are who He raised up to bring the revelation of Himself to the world through. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He gave us the chance to also walk in that covenant as a part of His family through our faith in Jesus. We are also called a part of God’s “treasured possession in all the earth.” We didn’t replace the Jews. We have become join-heirs with them through Christ. Are you starting to get the picture of how God feels about you? It is through the execution of obedience that these blessings manifest in their fullest form.
God continues to tell us. “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Those are terms that are often hard to relate to today. Let me help you take hold of them. The word “kingdom” refers to having dominion. You may feel as though dominion is something your life is void of. The beginning of exercising dominion is knowing that it belongs to you. Kings were taught from the time they were children, how to mature in the exercise of dominion. It would be critical to the health and to the well being of the people they would one day lead. It was a process of instruction. And so it is for us— through faith!
Again He said, “You will be for me a kingdom of priests…” The Word priest had a particular meaning to God. A priest was one that learned God’s Word and ways and then executed leadership in instructing others in His ways. The verse continued. “You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” “A holy nation” refers to a group of people set apart by God. to Him and His purpose in this earth with great boldness —His will in this earth.
God spoke these words through Moses to Israel. They reach to us through Jesus Christ today. It’s not that difficult to relate to today. God tells us we are His treasured possession as we take in, learn, understand, and walk out obedience to His Word in our life. We become those that learn our faith and live it out with authority over Satan. We make it practical by letting the world around us experience His love through us. We learn to communicate our faith, influence the world through and with it, and eventually lead others in it.
God also said “the whole earth is mine…” Why did He say that? Look at how Jesus walked in dominion in the earth. He walked like he owned it. He commanded demons as one who has authority and dominion. The supernatural came—not because He was God. He had laid down His deity. It came because He exercised faith in the covenant relationship He was in with God—the same covenant He has asked us to partake of.
The learning of obedience—learning to obey God in the small and big things is what brings you into this special place of God. Is obedience important? It produces a life of supernatural blessing and the ability for you to become the leader and influencer that God wants you to be!
Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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