The Bible tells us to be “doers” of the word, and not just hearers (James 1:22-25).  It says that our “doing” or obedience is proof that we have a living faith (James 2:20).  Scripture also states that our obedience is proof of our “friendship” with Jesus (John 15:14).  And, the Bible declares that our obedience proves that we know and love Him (1st John 2:3-4; John 14:15; 1st John 5:3).

Jesus said that, if we don’t obey Him, we should not even call Him our Lord (Luke 6:46).  And, Scripture states that God only gives His Holy Spirit to those who do obey Him (Acts 5:32).  Also, the Bible says that God’s “end-time people” will be distinguished by keeping God’s commandments (Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12); moreover, the Apostle John stated that anyone who claims to know Jesus, but does not keep His commandments, is a liar (1st John 2:4).  Plus, Jesus declared that only those who do God’s will, which is obedience, can enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21).  Furthermore, God’s Word states that Jesus offers His eternal salvation to those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).

Solomon sums things up by saying that the conclusion of the whole matter is that we need to “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  And, Jesus’ parable in Luke 6:47-49, teaches us that our obedience to Jesus’ word will ground us on the “Rock” and enable us to stand through the storms we face in this world.  Obedience is important indeed, in fact, the Bible clearly tells us that it’s a necessity.

2 Responses to Obedience

  1. Jenny Joohnson says:

    Hey Hank,
    I like what you have written,! You could possibly improve what you have written by adding a paragraph of encouragement at the end. It is sometimes difficult to be obedient, and all of us slide occasionally. Let us encourage one another to stand strong, and to pick ourselves up (and help others to do the same) when we fall. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.) Everyone loves encouragement, so I encourage you to add it! Smiles!

  2. Rochelle says:

    Jenny, what can be more encouraging than the Word of God. It is encouraging to know that we are Jesus’ friend if we obey Him. It is also encouraging to know that He has offer salvation to those who obey Him. Furthermore, if i continue to do His will I will be grounded upon the Rock. The Anchor Holds. This is encouraging to me.

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