“Too much of our lives are filled with activities done under the general assumption this is what God wants, or because this is what is expected and this is what everyone else is doing.
This is not obedience – it is independence. Assumed obedience is independence in its most subtle, yet accepted form.This independent action in the final analysis is indifference to the word of God. The end of independence is also “vanity and striving after wind.”
Real obedience is my response to God’s word – made alive and personal to me by His Spirit. This is what it means to “walk in the same manner as He walked,” (1 John 2:6).”
-from p.17-18 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.