O be careful little eyes what you see? For the father up above is looking down in love so be careful little eyes what you see…
Went an action song I learnt at Sunday school. It was fun. The song was meant to teach us that God is always watching, It somehow gave a feeling that God is constantly sitting up there waiting to catch me doing something mischievous. And sadly, the gracious image of God was blurred. This fear of “God is always looking” remained in me for a long time. I feared God as someone who knows everything rather than loving Him as someone who forgives and loves despite our shortfalls.
We all do our best to obey God’s word. We feel good when we see ourselves reading our Bible and doing all the spiritual activities consistently, and that is good. But the question is, what is in our minds when we do that? Is it love, fear or completions?
I want to take you a step forward in obedience by adding love to it.
It’s not just obedience that God requires from His people.
We know Cain obeyed too, yet could not please God. Genesis 4: 5.
Pharisees obeyed the law better than anyone, but they were not the favorite people of Jesus. Jesus chose a tax collector Matthew instead.
God doesn’t give up when we fail to obey Him Jonah chose to disobey God yet God did not give up on him. God is gracious and desires a love relationship with us.
Love makes the deference.
- Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14: 23.
- O how love I your law! it is my meditation all the day. Psalms 119: 97
- For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5: 14
- Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. Deuteronomy 11:1
- and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.. Deu 30: 20.
We are God’s family.
In God’s kingdom, obedience is the product of love. Our obedience towards God should not be out of fear but should be the outcome of our love for Him. God has called us into His family and has given us the right to be His children.
God is a good God.
His commands are not to harm us but to show us the way. He so wanted to free us from the law that He sent Jesus to break the law.
If obedience is all God had required, Pharisees were far more better than any of Jesus’ 12 disciples. But we know that although Pharisees obeyed the law, there hearts were away from God.
Revelation 2: 2-4 Ephesus was the church that did the good work for the Lord but failed to keep the first Love and Jesus warned them to correct it in order to avoid the punishment.
Obedience without Love is religion; a tradition that we follow because of what our parents or society taught us.
If possible take a paper and write down your thoughts and insights in response to what you just read. Than take some time to pray for yourself.
Why do I obey God?
- Is my obedience is the outcome of my love for God?
- Is it out of fear? Or to avoid punishment? God doesn’t deal with us according to our iniquities. He loves despite of our mistakes.
- Is it to appease God in order to make him bless you? God is well pleased from us through Jesus Christ. We cannot do anything to make him happy on our own.
Our obedience doesn’t change God and makes him bless us more rather it positions us to receive blessings.
Let’s obey with love!