obedience to His word is not …

“… obedience to His word is not an option and it does not come without pain and cost. In the middle of our misguided emphasis on “God’s prosperity” and “it’s great to be a Christian” campaigns, we have relegated obedience to a place of respectability and low risk. We sing “Trust and Obey,” but we mean “use your common sense and do what all the other Christians are doing.” We excuse ourselves from real obedience to God’s word on the pretext of “it’s not meant for today.” We spiritualize His commands and reinterpret His directives until all the pain is gone and we are left with “comfortable obedience.” We obey as long as it doesn’t hurt, it’s convenient, and it doesn’t rock the boat.

The life of Jesus cuts right across our phony excuses. It cost Him all that He was as God to become man and all that He was as man to obey the Father.
“He emptied Himself and He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7,8)
It is with this same costly obedience He calls His disciples.

-from p.12,13 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.


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