DAY 7: Radical Obedience
Hey! My name is Aaron, and I’m from Tyndale Christian School in South Australia.
John 14:15 says:
’Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commands.’
Has there ever been a time in your life where God asked you to do something that you really did not want to? Or has he ever asked you to lay down something that you really did not want to lay down? Maybe your parents asked you to take out the rubbish and you disobeyed them by not doing it because you were too busy playing video games or playing on your phone. But if we can get a bit serious, maybe God’s telling you to be more obedient to your parents and teachers. Or perhaps God is asking you to end the relationship you’re in with that girl or that boy. Maybe there’s an addiction holding you back from the plans God has for you and God is asking you to give it up and to give it to him. Often, God can ask us to obey him and to trust him with these things. And most of the time following Gods commands won’t be easy and it can hurt. But trusting God and obeying him will be so fruitful for your life.
In Genesis 22 1:2 (NIV) It talks about how God asked Abraham to go to the region of Moriah, with his son, and sacrifice him on the mount as a burnt offering. One can only imagine the pain Abraham must have felt when God told him to do this, but because of the relationship that he had with God he knew that he could trust God and that he had no other choice but to obey.
Now I’m not saying sacrifice someone as a burnt offering, but maybe there is something God is asking you to sacrifice and to give up. Maybe God sees that there is more for you then that addiction or that relationship, and is wanting you to obey him and to let go of it. Even though giving it to God may hurt and won’t be easy, it will honestly be such a freeing release for your circumstance.
Today, ask God to reveal those things to you that could be holding you back and give them to him. And ask him for guidance to be able to obey him in every circumstance you face throughout your life.
Dear God, I thank you for loving me unconditionally, and for showing me grace, even when I don’t deserve it. I thank you for the blessings you have given me, and for the plans that continuously prosper in my life because of you. Father I pray that You would put me in a place of acceptance of what You would like to reveal to me. It may not be what I want, but it will surely be what I need in order to live a life fully invested in You. I thank you for the decisions you have already made for me. Even though following them may hurt, I pray that I would know that they’re the right choices for my life and that I would follow through with them in obedience. Amen.
Written by Aaron, SA.