Christians, if I had to sum up the meaning of life into one word, it would be obedience. When I say the meaning of life, I mean the Key to living a meaningful life. We were created to fellowship, commune, and glorify God. If a certain incident in the Garden did not happen, that is where we would be right now, but that first act of disobedience set out the course where we find ourselves today. So how do we achieve a fulfilled life in this chaotic, messed up society? Through simple obedience. God gave us His word full of commands, instructions and promises. If we are able to follow those commands we obey God. When we obey God, He is pleased and we are at peace, thus completing our divine purpose of fellowship, communion, and glorifying God.
The thing is, it is sometimes difficult to obey God. Why? Because we are in this corrupted flesh and we have a free will, we technically don’t HAVE to obey God. In fact, we can do whatever we want, and that is why this world is SO chaotic. When I think of a good example of what to liken it too, we are like Dogs.
Christians, before you get upset thinking we are nothing but God’s pets, hear me out. Most of us have had dogs, or been around dogs, so we can relate to the desire for an obedient dog. Dogs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds. The breeds historically have many different functions and the dogs are most fulfilled when they are in fact completing that function which they were created for, so let’s look at a hunting dog.
As a puppy they are wild, rambunctious, and completely unprepared to be a suitable hunting dog. They bark uncontrollably, cannot sit, or stay. They rarely follow instructions/commands and they’re wild. So are we. But just like a faithful hunter, God trains us, the basics: Sit, Stay, Wait. The basics are taught for control, so that while we are sitting, staying, and waiting, our attention is on God and He can teach us how to use the other abilities that are divinely put in us. When we function in our abilities, we give Him glory, accomplish His will, and create a great fellowship. A well trained dog will heel (walk right beside), led by his master. Our greatest position with God is right by His side. He can take us anywhere, we can do anything in His will, His timing, if we will simply obey. Besides feeling truly complete functioning in your calling, obedience yields rewards. The best part is, we are not God’s pets, but we are His children, and co-heirs with Jesus. In Jesus Name, Amen.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. I Peter 1:14-16 (NIV)
The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. I John 3:24 (NASB)
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:19-20 (NIV)
But this is what I commanded them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you. Jeremiah 7:23 (NASB)
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:17 (NASB)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017