John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commands.”
James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series about growing a great faith. The word obey has a negative connotation today. We view obedience as a forced, unwilling decision to do something we don’t want to do because we’re afraid of punishment. That’s not the kind of obedience God wants from us. In the Bible, obedience is simply Love + Action. Obedience is not about being afraid of God, but about loving God. Here’s what Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” Obedience comes from knowing that God loves you and loving Him in return.
The truth is, love without action is just mere talk, and action without love is just religion. God doesn’t want us to be filled with religion; He wants us to be filled with love towards Him.
It’s the same way with our children. We don’t want our children to obey us just because they are afraid of us. We want them to obey us because they love us. One way they show they love us is by their actions. If you want to grow your faith, don’t be afraid of the word obedience. After all, obedience simply means, “I love God, therefore I want to take action to demonstrate my love for Him!” What could you do for God today or this week to show Him you love Him?
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.