By Anna Light
God told us through King David: “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” – Psalm 51:16-17
God doesn’t need us to obey Him. He wants us to obey Him. It’s for our benefit, not His.
Throughout scripture, it is made clear: the only thing God is after is our heart.
Not our religion. Not our actions. Not our works.
Us. He’s after you.
He longs to capture your heart and make you fall in love with who He is because He knows He’s the best thing you could ever behold. It is out of that love relationship that obedience flows freely and more easily.
Like we learned from Pastor Craig, we don’t obey God for any other reason except that we love Him. We don’t obey begrudgingly, or out of duty, or to gain a blessing, but from a place of awe and worship at what a magnificent and mighty God He is.
Obedience to His voice is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. When you start with love, obedience comes much easier.
It was through that love and devotion that I finally began to take steps toward obedience to the calling He’d given me. The intimacy I found with Him dissolved my pride. Falling in love with His heart gave me the courage I needed when I felt doubtful.
The sacrifice He made inspired me when I felt lazy.
But, best of all His love drove out my fear. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” – 1 John 4:18
I’ll be honest. There are times the fear is still there, but the difference is that His love outweighs the fear and drives my obedience. The good news for us: there is always grace for disobedience. God is telling us, “Be strong, and get to work.” Haggai 2:4
He has already spoken. It hasn’t changed. For some of you, you’ll start today. For others, you may need to grow your love for Christ before those first few steps of obedience can happen. My prayer is that you will do the things God asks you to do without delay. If we belong to Christ, our obedience belongs to Him as well.
If he does not have our obedience, He doesn’t fully have us.