In the past, my definition / expectation of the word "obedience"
was easily summed up with the word "listening."
If you listen to to what you're being asked to do,
you're showing obedience, right?
It sounded simple enough to me!
At church yesterday, my Pastor briefly touched on the subject of obedience.
He summed it up with 3 quick descriptions.
3. Without complaining
Of course, this caused me to reflect on my own definition.
How did my definition match up with this?
And, most importantly, how have I been living this out-
in my walk with Jesus, in my role as a wife, and in my role as a mom?
How often am I lazy?
How often am I incomplete?
How often do I complain?
What does my picture of obedience look like?
As I reflected on my thoughts on obedience,
I quickly realized how lacking they were.
Obedience is so much more than just "listening."
Let's see what the Bible says about it:
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,
2 Corinthians 2:9
For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.
1 Peter 1:4
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.
When I look at my spiritual obedience,
I feel convicted by the biblical definition.
If you are saved by God's grace,
your obedience to His word should be lived out in your every day life
every single day,
and should be done to the glory of God-
completely, immediately, and without complaining.
I feel even more convicted when I think of my Savior,
and the obedience He showed on the cross-
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming
obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications,
with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
And, being made perfect, he became the source of salvation
to all who obey him.
How powerful is that?!
How amazing, how beautiful.
Up until today,
I never thought much about the cross being a picture of obedience.
Sure, I knew Jesus was obedient, but I never thought about it like this.
I guess I never thought about it enough.
Not until I stopped to reflect on this wonderful word-
As some of you may know,
I've been reading a special book to my boys at night-
Mighty Warrior by Sheri Rose Shepherd.
(love. this. book!)
It's a collection of love letters from God, written to boys.
My boys look forward to this every single night,
and it's led to some really great conversations.
After reading it a few weeks ago,
we talked about their "favorite Bible words."
BW said, "Luke and John,"
and Mr. Sunshine said, "joy and obedience."
Since that day, it's been awesome to see how much this little word "o"
word has been brought into our lives.
I feel so blessed to be an example of obedience to my boys,
as well as encourage them to live their lives obediently, too.
We started our homeschool today.
We're using a free bible study from the peregrina website.
You can find it here:
It has lessons for every day of the year, further study questions,
journal prompts and memory verses.
It's pretty nifty!
Our memory verse this week is:
"How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to The word."
I made some discussion questions
which centered around
the meanings of "pure" and "Thy Word."
After finishing this study, we moved onto our
Draw to Learn the Psalms book-
published by the Notgrass company.
Today was our first day diving into this study.
I am so excited about this book, guys- seriously! It's great!
The boys had so much fun with it!
They are very excited to know we'll be using it every day.
Today's lesson centered around Psalm 1,
and their drawing page was captioned with:
"The person who delights in the law of the Lord
and meditates on it day and night is like..."
Oh guys! How awesome!
Do you see how this ties in with memory verse for the week?
Do you see how both of them weave in the opportunity to talk about obedience?
The best way to keep your way pure
is not only to read God's Word every day,
but to be OBEDIENT to it.
Every. single. day.
So, what is that person like-
the person who delights in the law of the Lord
and meditates on it day and night?
That person is fruitful!
Do you see the hills? The stream? The tree bursting with fruit?
The boy under (or above, hehe) the tree, with a great big happy smile?
Guys, this is what it looks like to be obedient!
Obedience to God's Word produces fruit.
It produces LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS,
GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and
I've decided to give our homeschool a theme this year.
Anyone wanna guess what our theme might be?
Yep, you guessed it:
What is obedience?
Obedience is immediate.
and it's without complaining.
We all face struggles,
we all spend some time in the valleys of the hills,
but when we are disciplined and obedient to God's Word,
We are never too far from His perfect grace,
and the life, joy and hope it brings.