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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 12: “What if I lived each day with the commitment to do what I could in that day, to know that I am loved by Jesus and to love him back?” – Elisa Morgan, page 81
If I did what I could, I might…
Our lists of “I mights” are too often answered with responses of “If onlys…”
Why might we, any of us, not do those things that God has specifically called us to do, regardless of the circumstance, the difficulty, and even when we are uncertain of the results?
Chapter 11 reminded me of the fears that sometimes hinder us from doing what we can. At other times, we don’t want to do what we can. God frequently asks us to do things that we simply do not want to do, and we all know when He does that. A few of his daily requests could be, Don’t eat another piece of chocolate…Get up early and go run…Go to the doctor…Read your Bible…Come on, talk to me first! It’s called prayer…go to church on another Sunday besides Easter or New Year’s Eve. It’s as if God is pleading with us, I have a better way than your desired way because I love you.
If we don’t want to do something, should we do it anyway? I was constantly reminded over the weekend that the quickest way to overcome the crippling affects of fear and our wrong desires is through obedience.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated, “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.” While some may not understand the contents of a preached sermon, people can “see” your obedience. Why should we be obedient?
God requires obedience: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice.” (2 Samuel 15: 22 section, New International Version)
Obedience reveals our love for God: (Jesus speaking) “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15, NIV)
God honors our obedience. Obedience is a direct and required result of placing our faith in him.
When God calls you to obedience, how will you respond?