“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 6)
Life is a continual string of events in which we have to practice obedience. It starts in the cradle and goes on to the grave. If we are too disobedient we might end up in jail in between those two mayor events.
As a writer I have to be “obedient” to the promptings of my imagination, and it has to be immediate obedience or the inspiration will vanish. At two o’clock in the morning I had the promptings for what I will write on this blog. If I ignored the promptings I knew I would wake up in the morning and the ideas would be gone. So, I “obediently” turned on the bed-side light, got a pen and some paper, and wrote down the outline. This morning I’ve been “perfecting” it, and now it’s going to go world-wide. Not on a great scale but still world-wide. This media is the World Wide Web!
This will be a short report on some Bible characters that showed obedience, or the opposite. “Do as you are told or it will not go well for you,” my grandchildren hear often. Jonah is a classic example of someone for whom it did not go well for because he did not do as he was told. I figure most people know about Jonah and the big fish. Spending three days is the belly of a fish is not something to strive for. I have a link I hope works for you to listen to a very interesting account of this story presented by a little girl:
Here are some examples of obedience recorded in the Bibles. First and foremost, the obedience of our Savior. Because of his love for us, he was obedient, even to the cross (read Philippians 2:5-11).
Noah, the ark-builder — “Noah did everything just as God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22).
Abraham, the father of — “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). There is so much to learn from this man and his obedience. Study his life!
Moses, the great Liberator — He had to exercise obedience step by step to bring the Israelites out of the slavery in Egypt. One time he was so frustrated he didn’t follow instructions. Instead of speaking to the rock to get water out of it for the people, he struck it with his rod. This disobedience caused him not to be able to enter the Promised Land. We might think that it was “just once,” but ONE disobedience in the eyes of God, is ONE too many. He calls for total obedience (read Numbers 20:1-12).
Samuel, the boy who grew up in the temple — He was an answer to prayer. He grew up in the temple because his mother fulfilled her promise to the Lord. God spoke to him in the night. His answer should be our answer in obedience to God: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (See 1 Samuel chapter 3.)
Ezekiel, the Prophet — His most “interesting” assignment was probably when he was told to prophesy to dry bones (see Ezekiel 37). And those bones came alive!
Daniel, statesman and prophet — He is the man who spent a night in a lion’s den. His example for following and obeying God is outstanding. He was delivered from the lions because he trusted God. Read the pagan’s King declaration in Daniel 6:26,27.
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles — Once he started following God he was an obedient servant. This is what he said when testifying to King Agrippa, “I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven” (Acts 26:19).
Mary, the mother of Jesus — She gave the answer we all should give in any situation: “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38).
These are just a few examples. Isaiah “obeyed” before even being called. He volunteered when God asked, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here am I, send me!” said Isaiah.
Be obedient! Be willing! Walk in love!