I had sensed the Lord telling me to do something. Not something huge. Not something even worth repeating. A rather small thing in the grand scheme of things. But He had given me a number and made clear He wanted me to stick to that exact number. To do what He had told me to do not once, not three times, but twice. Yes, two times. Two. Why do I emphasize the number two? Because that is the number God gave me.
Some time ago, I was on the streets of New York City doing my ministry work there when the Lord told me that I needed to clean up my obedience. He told me my obedience was messy. He made it clear that obedience to Him means that I need to obey Him right down to the smallest of details.
If the truth be told, friend, don’t we sometimes pick and choose when we want to obey the Lord, how we want to obey the Lord, how fully we want to obey the Lord, and under what conditions we want to obey the Lord? If we even want to obey the Lord at all? And if we even choose to obey Him? Please consider this. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. FOREVER. But do we not sometimes pridefully and quite frankly despicably think of ourselves as little “lords” of our own lives?
For those of us who need to clean up our obedience because it’s messy and needs refining and work in one way or another, let us remember who Jesus Christ is – and who we are. If we have placed our faith in Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead and truly turned our lives over to Him for the promise of His forgiveness and eternal life with Him, we are HIS CHILDREN and HIS SERVANTS. HE IS LORD! Yes, Jesus is Lord forevermore!
Let’s clean up our obedience, shall we? Yes!
Father, forgive us, forgive us, forgive us for every way in which each and every one of us falls short regarding loving and obeying you. Give us all a hunger and thirst for doing right in your eyes. Help us to desire to please and honor and obey you. Show us where we need to clean up our obedience and help us to do so. Make us into children and servants of yours of whom you are proud! Oh, help us to love you and to bring you joy and pleasure and glory forever and ever! Help us to obey, yes, please, Father, AMEN!
Please note in the third set of scriptures below how the soldiers obey the centurion in charge of them. And note how Jesus remarks on the centurion’s faith in understanding this and in Christ. There should be no question for us. When Jesus says do something, we should do it. No debate. No resistance. No rebellion. Simply obedience. I am a work in progress and thank the Lord He is working on me. I pray He does the same with you!
“…He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion said to Him, pleading with Him, Saying, Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented. And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Mt. 8:5-10